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[al-suh-bahy-uh-deez] /ˌæl səˈbaɪ əˌdiz/
450?–404 b.c, Athenian politician and general.
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Alcibiadean, adjective Unabridged
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  • Now it was that Alcibiades for the first time did the state a service, and one of the most signal kind.

  • "Alcibiades had a more eager curiosity than yourself," replied Eudora.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Vying with him in an almost jealous rivalry to appear by the Master's side, stood the beautiful Alcibiades.

    Historical Miniatures August Strindberg
  • But believe me, Eudora, Alcibiades will never divorce Hipparete.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Yet nature had made Alcibiades, and nature's work is hard to undo.

  • I will not punish your fault so severely as Alcibiades ventured to hope.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • But, Alcibiades of the clubs, remember that it is not the pulling which makes the dishonor.

    From the Easy Chair, series 3 George William Curtis
  • The testimony of Pericles, Alcibiades, and Plato, confirmed the truth of his words.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Alcibiades took advantage of the momentary calm to lick her hand exhaustively.

    Man and Maid E. (Edith) Nesbit
  • "The name of Socrates recalls Alcibiades to my mind," rejoined Anaxagoras.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
British Dictionary definitions for Alcibiades


450–404 bc, Athenian statesman and general in the Peloponnesian War: brilliant, courageous, and unstable, he defected to the Spartans in 415, but returned and led the Athenian victories at Abydos (411) and Cyzicus (410)
Derived Forms
Alcibiadean, adjective
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