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[at-l-uh, uh-til-uh] /ˈæt l ə, əˈtɪl ə/
("Scourge of God") a.d. 406?–453, king of the Huns who invaded Europe: defeated by the Romans and Visigoths in 451 at Châlons-sur-Marne in France. Unabridged
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  • I have already alluded to the divinity which in the imagination of the Huns encircled the hideous form of Attila.

  • But who are the Hungarians—descendants of Attila and his people?

    The Romany Rye George Borrow
  • Michiella stalks close around the rank singers like an enraged daughter of Attila.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • I believe I set some store by the fact that the collar of my Attila was velvet.

    Debts of Honor Maurus Jkai
  • Nothing brings before us more vividly the terrible character of Attila than this, that he terrified the Goths themselves.

  • The Gothic king had lost his life, but Attila had lost the victory.

    Theodoric the Goth Thomas Hodgkin
  • It would have been wholly inept and spiritless to transfer this from Gunnar to Attila.

    Epic and Romance W. P. Ker
  • With Attila's death the might of the Hunnish Empire was broken.

    Theodoric the Goth Thomas Hodgkin
British Dictionary definitions for Attila


?406–453 ad, king of the Huns, who devastated much of the Roman Empire, invaded Gaul in 451 ad, but was defeated by the Romans and Visigoths at Châlons-sur-Marne
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