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[ih-raz-muh s] /ɪˈræz məs/
[des-i-deer-ee-uh s] /ˌdɛs ɪˈdɪər i əs/ (Show IPA),
1466?–1536, Dutch humanist, scholar, theologian, and writer.
a male given name: from a Greek word meaning “beloved.”. Unabridged
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  • This good old man whom you see here, is Erasmus; this other is Grotius; unhappily, they neither of them had any religion.

    The Visions of Quevedo Dom Francisco de Quevedo
  • It does not move us until we know that it is an illustration of Erasmus's Christian Knight.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • In Erasmus's writings that ideal wish ever recurs in the shape of a friendly walk, followed by a meal in a garden-house.

  • Basel, for all her differences with him, buried Erasmus with great honours.

    Holbein Beatrice Fortescue
  • In the earlier years of the sixteenth century, Erasmus visited Italy, and passed two or three years there.

  • Originally published under the title: "Erasmus of Rotterdam"

  • Boys was only a fellow-student, whose acquaintance Erasmus had made atp 104 Montaigu.

    The Age of Erasmus P. S. Allen
British Dictionary definitions for Erasmus


Desiderius (ˌdɛzɪˈdɪərɪəs), real name Gerhard Gerhards. ?1466–1536, Dutch humanist, the leading scholar of the Renaissance in northern Europe. He published the first Greek edition of the New Testament in 1516; his other works include the satirical Encomium Moriae (1509); Colloquia (1519), a series of dialogues; and an attack on the theology of Luther, De Libero Arbitrio (1524)
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Word Origin and History for Erasmus

masc. proper name, Latin, literally "beloved;" related to Greek erasmios "lovely, pleasant," from eran "to love" (see Eros).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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