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[loo-shuh n] /ˈlu ʃən/
a.d. 117–c180, Greek rhetorician and satirist.
("Lucian of Antioch"; "Lucian the Martyr") a.d. c240–312, theologian and Biblical critic, born at Samosata, in Syria.
a male given name. Unabridged
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  • "If you will excuse me, sir, I shall leave you," said Lucian ceremoniously.

    The Silent House Fergus Hume
  • Lucian also discovered the reason of the red clouds which we on earth often see at sunset.

    Storyology Benjamin Taylor
  • Now after having seen what a wag Lucian is from his own words, we must decide how we are going to take him.

    Essays on the Greek Romances Elizabeth Hazelton Haight
  • "In two days we'll be ready, Tema," said Lucian Jeter quietly.

    Lords of the Stratosphere Arthur J. Burks
  • And—it is not a childish feeling, her liking for Lucian Spenser.

    East Angels Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • That it would be useless to say aught of Lucian, she now knew too well.

British Dictionary definitions for Lucian


2nd century ad, Greek writer, noted esp for his satirical Dialogues of the Gods and Dialogues of the Dead
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Word Origin and History for Lucian

masc. proper name, from Latin Lucianus (cf. French Lucien), a derivative of Roman Lucius, from lux (genitive lucis) "light" (see light (n.)). The Hellenistic Greek writer (his name Latinized from Greek Loukianos) was noted as the type of a scoffing wit.

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