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[thee-uh-fras-tuh s]
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  1. 372?–287 b.c., Greek philosopher.
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Related formsThe·o·phras·tian [thee-uh-fras-chuh n] /ˌθi əˈfræs tʃən/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Theophrastus affirms that there are magical verses which cure sciatica.

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • Theophrastus couldn't better have depicted the irascible man.



  • It is possible that Theophrastus derived the word pericarp from Aristotle.

  • Theophrastus, successor of Aristotle at the Lyceum, Athens (p. 70).

    The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1

    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • Permit me also, like Theophrastus, to borrow a few words from a poet.

British Dictionary definitions for theophrastus


  1. ?372–?287 bc, Greek Peripatetic philosopher, noted esp for his Characters, a collection of sketches of moral types
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