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[dahy-oj-uh-neez] /daɪˈɒdʒ əˌniz/
412?–323 b.c, Greek Cynic philosopher.
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[dahy-uh-jen-ik] /ˌdaɪ əˈdʒɛn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
Diogenean, adjective Unabridged
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  • The air of Diogenes was a soul; therefore it was living, and not only living, but conscious and intelligent.

    Christianity and Greek Philosophy Benjamin Franklin Cocker
  • The function of Diogenes is not performed either by the pulpit or the press.

  • "You'll spoil me," she warned, jumping to her place on the "throne," and shooting out an ankle that would have unhinged Diogenes.

    Love's Usuries Louis Creswicke
  • Diogenes, when asked which wine he preferred, replied, 'That of other people.'

  • Diogenes, when asked from what country he came, replied, "I am a citizen of the world."

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • The province in philosophy to which Diogenes attached himself, was that of morals.

  • Is it a sign of manhood to grow into a Diogenes sort of fellow, who sneers at every woman he sees?

    A Double Knot George Manville Fenn
  • Diogenes is said to have thought that the best wine which cost him nothing.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • So Diogenes was wont to do, for he went about radiant with health, and with his very body he turned many to good.

  • To which end it was, that Diogenes took also the same liberty.

    Meditations Marcus Aurelius
British Dictionary definitions for Diogenes


?412–?323 bc, Greek Cynic philosopher, who rejected social conventions and advocated self-sufficiency and simplicity of life
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