william alexander

Alexander

[al-ig-zan-der, -zahn-]
noun
2.
Also, Alexandros. Classical Mythology. Homeric name for Paris.
3.
Franz [frants, franz, frahnts] , 1891–1964, U.S. psychoanalyst, born in Hungary.
4.
Grover Cleveland, 1887–1950, U.S. baseball player.
5.
Sir Harold R. L. G (Alexander of Tunis) 1891–1969, English field marshal.
6.
Samuel, 1859–1938, British philosopher.
7.
William, 1726–83, general in the american revolution.
8.
a male given name: from a Greek word meaning “defender of men.”
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Alexander (ˌælɪɡˈzɑːndə)
 
n
Harold (Rupert Leofric George), Earl Alexander of Tunis. 1891--1969, British field marshal in World War II, who organized the retreat from Dunkirk and commanded in North Africa (1943) and Sicily and Italy (1944--45); governor general of Canada (1946--52); British minister of defence (1952--54)

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Alexander
masc. proper name, from L., from Gk. Alexandros "defender of men," from alexein "to ward off, keep off, turn (something) away, defend, protect" + aner (gen. andros) "man" (see anthropo-). The first element is related to Gk. alke "protection, help, strength, power, courage,"
alkimos "strong;" cognate with Skt. raksati "protects," O.E. ealgian "to defend." As a kind of cocktail, it is attested from 1930.
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Alexander definition


man-defender. (1.) A relative of Annas the high priest, present when Peter and John were examined before the Sanhedrim (Acts 4:6). (2.) A man whose father, Simon the Cyrenian, bore the cross of Christ (Mark 15:21). (3.) A Jew of Ephesus who took a prominent part in the uproar raised there by the preaching of Paul (Acts 19:33). The Jews put him forward to plead their cause before the mob. It was probably intended that he should show that he and the other Jews had no sympathy with Paul any more than the Ephesians had. It is possible that this man was the same as the following. (4.) A coppersmith who, with Hymenaeus and others, promulgated certain heresies regarding the resurrection (1 Tim. 1:19; 2 Tim. 4:14), and made shipwreck of faith and of a good conscience. Paul excommunicated him (1 Tim. 1:20; comp. 1 Cor. 5:5).

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