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[ri-nan; French ruh-nahn] /rɪˈnæn; French rəˈnɑ̃/
[ur-nist;; French er-nest] /ˈɜr nɪst;; French ɛrˈnɛst/ (Show IPA),
1823–92, French philologist, historian, and critic. Unabridged
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  • The land, says Renan, who was commissioned to conduct the explorations, is now completely deserted.

    History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
  • Renan says that he may have been a Sebennyite, and his name Sebent.

    The Expositor's Bible F. W. Farrar
  • I am content to die,' says Renan, 'but I should like to know whether death will be of any use to me.'

    Essays on Russian Novelists William Lyon Phelps
  • Nevertheless he has not one appreciative word to say for Renan.

    Friedrich Nietzsche Georg Brandes
  • The hand of Voltaire is on Renan, and on dozens of living soldiers in the French army of progress.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
  • This is the chief difference between his culture and Renan's.

    Anatole France Georg Morris Cohen Brandes
  • The influence of Renan is manifest through the whole of this rhapsody, which is unique among the writings of its author.

  • A monument to Spinoza was unveiled by Renan at the Hague, in 1877.

    Old Continental Towns Walter M. Gallichan
  • It is idle to say with Pfleiderer that it is a pity that, having possessed so much learning, Renan had not possessed more.

    Edward Caldwell Moore Edward Moore
  • Renan has gone to Palestine to make new researches into the scenery.

    Letters to an Unknown Prosper Mrime
British Dictionary definitions for Renan


/French ranɑ̃/
(Joseph) Ernest (ernest). 1823–92, French philosopher, theologian, and historian; best known for his Life of Jesus (1863), which discounted the supernatural aspects of the Gospels
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