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Lucian

[loo-shuh n] /ˈlu ʃən/
noun
1.
a.d. 117–c180, Greek rhetorician and satirist.
2.
("Lucian of Antioch"; "Lucian the Martyr") a.d. c240–312, theologian and Biblical critic, born at Samosata, in Syria.
3.
a male given name.
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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

Lucian

/ˈluːsɪən/
noun
1.
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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