Plutarch

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek Πλούταρχος (Ploútarkhos).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpluː.tɑːk/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈplu.tɑɹk/
  • Hyphenation: Plu‧tarch

Proper noun[edit]

Plutarch

  1. The classical historian and essayist Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus (46-120 CE). Often used as a byword for a biographer, to suggest that the writer is especially skilled or has other attributes associated with Plutarch.
    • 1878, John G. Morris, Fifty Years in the Lutheran Ministry[1], OL 22880165M, page 11:
      I am indebted to [] those masterly pen and ink portraits of many of our deceased ministers drawn by the lamented Professor Stoever, in the Evangelical Review, whom I designated some years ago as the Plutarch of the Lutheran Church of America.
    • 1895, Elbert Hubbard, Gladstone[2], OL 1113581W, page 100:
      Some day a Plutarch, without a Plutarch's prejudice will arise, and with malice toward none but charity for all, he will write the life of the statesman, Gladstone.
    • 1903, Samuel McChord Crothers, The Gentle Reader[3], LCCN 03025285, OL 7038563M, page 132:
      I must in candor admit that the Plutarch of piracy is sometimes more edifying than entertaining.

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Noun[edit]

Plutarch (plural Plutarchs)

  1. Any specific edition of a work by Plutarch, often specifically Plutarch's Lives
    • 1895, O.A. Bierstadt, The Library of Robert Hoe[4], page 164:
      Both these English Plutarchs are here, two folios printed at London in 1657, and they once belonged to William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, and have his book-plates.