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Godwin

[god-win] /ˈgɒd wɪn/
noun
1.
Also, Godwine
[god-wi-nuh] /ˈgɒd wɪ nə/ (Show IPA)
. Earl of the West Saxons, died 1053, English statesman.
2.
Gail, born 1937, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
3.
Mary Wollstonecraft
[woo l-stuh n-kraft,, -krahft] /ˈwʊl stənˌkræft,, -ˌkrɑft/ (Show IPA),
1759–97, English writer.
4.
her husband, William, 1756–1836, English political philosopher, novelist, and essayist.
5.
a male given name: from an Old English word meaning “good friend.”.
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Godwin

/ˈɡɒdwɪn/
noun
1.
died 1053, Earl of Wessex. He was chief adviser to Canute and Edward the Confessor. His son succeeded Edward to the throne as Harold II
2.
Mary. See (Mary) Wollstonecraft
3.
William. 1756–1836, British political philospher and novelist. In An Enquiry concerning Political Justice (1793), he rejected government and social institutions, including marriage. His views greatly influenced English romantic writers
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Godwin

also spelled Godwin earl of Wessex, the most powerful man in England during the opening years of the reign of Edward the Confessor

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