- François Marie Arouet, 1694–1778, French philosopher, historian, satirist, dramatist, and essayist.
Examples from the Web for voltairian
He is not really an aesthete at all; he is too Voltairian for that.Suspended Judgments
John Cowper Powys
In his youth he had been a good horseman, a Voltairian, and a Liberal.Monsieur de Camors, Complete
Billet was a rabid Voltairian, while the doctor was a scientist.The Royal Life Guard
Alexander Dumas (pere)
His father confided him to the care of a distant relative, a man no longer young, a bachelor and a frightful Voltairian.The Diary of a Superfluous Man and Other Stories
"That reply really gave me a grievous moment," said the poet, with a shrewd, Voltairian smile.The Spirit of the Ghetto
- pseudonym of François Marie Arouet. 1694–1778, French writer, whose outspoken belief in religious, political, and social liberty made him the embodiment of the 18th-century Enlightenment. His major works include Lettres philosophiques (1734) and the satire Candide (1759). He also wrote plays, such as Zaïre (1732), poems, and scientific studies. He suffered several periods of banishment for his radical views
Word Origin and History for voltairian
name taken from 1718 by French author François Marie Arouet (1694-1778) after his imprisonment in the Bastille on suspicion of having written some satirical verses; originally de Voltaire. The signification is uncertain.