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Wenceslaus

or Wenceslas

[wen-sis-laws] /ˈwɛn sɪsˌlɔs/
noun
1.
1361–1419, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire 1378–1400; as Wenceslaus IV, king of Bohemia 1378–1419.
2.
Saint ("Good King Wenceslaus") a.d. 903?–c935, duke of Bohemia 928–935.
German Wenzel.
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  • And the very first thing in the morning she went to see Victorin and to tell him that Hortense and wenceslas had parted.

    Cousin Betty Honore de Balzac
  • wenceslas had meanwhile attempted to redeem his promise to Hus.

  • "Madame Marneffe told me to stay till the last to settle my little business with you and her," replied wenceslas.

    Cousin Betty Honore de Balzac
  • Could it be that wenceslas had fastened upon him the stigma of his own crime?

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • In the following year, however, wenceslas succeeded in making his escape from Vienna.

    The Story of Prague Count Francis Ltzow
  • And there could be no doubt of its authenticity, coming as it did from a tool of wenceslas himself.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • wenceslas endeavored to assert himself, but the power remained in Rokyzanas hands.

  • That this measure would be passed, wenceslas could not be sure.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • Desire was so thoroughly aroused in wenceslas that he doubled his attentions to Valerie.

    Cousin Betty Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for wenceslas

Wenceslaus

/ˈwɛnsɪsləs/
noun
1.
1361–1419, Holy Roman Emperor (1378–1400) and, as Wenceslaus IV, king of Bohemia (1378–1419)
2.
Saint, known as Good King Wenceslaus. ?907–929, duke of Bohemia (?925–29); patron saint of Bohemia. Feast day: Sept 28
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Word Origin and History for wenceslas

Wenceslas

masc. proper name, from Medieval Latin Venceslaus (modern Czech Vaclav), from Old Czech Veceslavu, literally "having greater glory," from Slavic *vetye- "greater" + *-slavu "fame, glory," from PIE *klou-, from root *kle- "to hear" (see listen).

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