Renan

[ ri-nan; French ruh-nahn ]
/ rɪˈnæn; French rəˈnɑ̃ /
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noun

Er·nest [ur-nist; French er-nest] /ˈɜr nɪst; French ɛrˈnɛst/, 1823–92, French philologist, historian, and critic.
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Renan

/ (French ranɑ̃) /

noun

(Joseph) Ernest (ernest). 1823–92, French philosopher, theologian, and historian; best known for his Life of Jesus (1863), which discounted the supernatural aspects of the Gospels
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