Abderite

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From Latin Abderita, Abderites, from Ancient Greek Ἀβδηρίτης (Abdērítēs).

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Abderite (plural Abderites)

  1. An inhabitant or native of Abdera, in Thrace.
    • 1814, The Historical Library of Diodorus the Sicilian, translated by G. Booth, volume 2, chapter 4, page 27:
      To that end they entered the borders of the Abderites in another part of Thrace, and wasted and spoiled the country []
  2. (‘the Abderite’) Democritus, the Laughing Philosopher.

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Ancient belief was that "the people of Abdera are fools and madmen" (stulti et insani Abderitae).[1]

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  1. ^ the Latin and English phrases are quoted as they appear in Robert Burton's The Anatomy of Melancholy, volume 1 (2010)

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