Voltaire

Voltaire

[vohl-tair, vol-; French vawl-ter]
noun
(François Marie Arouet) 1694–1778, French philosopher, historian, satirist, dramatist, and essayist.

Voltairean, Voltairian, adjective, noun
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Voltaire (vɒlˈtɛə, vəʊl-, French vɔltɛr)
 
n
pseudonym of François Marie Arouet. 1694--1778, French writer, whose outspoken belief in religious, political, and social liberty made him the embodiment of the 18th-century Enlightenment. His major works include Lettres philosophiques (1734) and the satire Candide (1759). He also wrote plays, such as Zaïre (1732), poems, and scientific studies. He suffered several periods of banishment for his radical views
 
Vol'tairean
 
adj, —n
 
Vol'tairian
 
adj, —n

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Voltaire [(vohl-tair, vol-tair)]

The nom de plume of François Arouet, an eighteenth-century French philosopher and author and a major figure of the Enlightenment. Voltaire was known as a wit and freethinker. The most famous of his works is Candide.

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