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[hahy-pey-shuh, -pat-ee-uh] /haɪˈpeɪ ʃə, -ˈpæt i ə/
a.d. c370–415, Greek philosopher renowned for her beauty. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If it be just that Peter should die, sir, see first whether it was not just that Hypatia should die.

    Hypatia Charles Kingsley
  • She had "Plutarch's Lives" under her arm, and "Hypatia" in her hand.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • While Hypatia was lecturing on Homer, the Christians were converting the world.

  • Something might be done for our Superintendent with the ghost of Hypatia!

  • Her talent, her learning, her eloquence astonished the people who thronged to hear young and fair Hypatia, daughter of Theo.

  • The handwriting was, like Hypatia's, graceful and self-conscious.

  • Later—Mr. Van Boodeler has joined the party; Hypatia has contrived to detach her brother.

  • She was Hypatia to him and he vowed that the churchmen should not deny her nor destroy her.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • Hypatia drew herself up to her stateliest height, and returned no answer.

    Hypatia Charles Kingsley
  • If they have cast off the vulgar herd, they have not cast off Hypatia.

    Hypatia Charles Kingsley
British Dictionary definitions for Hypatia


died 415 ad, Neo-Platonist philosopher and politician, who lectured at Alexandria. She was murdered by a Christian mob
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Hypatia in Science
Greek philosopher who was the first notable woman mathematician and astronomer. She invented instruments used to view the stars and wrote commentaries on mathematics and astronomy, though none of them survives.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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