Xenophanes

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek Ξενοφάνης (Ksenophánēs). The name means “of foreign appearance” and is composed of ξένος (ksénos, foreign) + φαίνω (phaínō, appear).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /zɛˈnɒfəniːz/

Proper noun[edit]

Xenophanes

  1. A Greek given name.
  2. The pre-Socratic philosopher Xenophanes of Colophon.
    • 1931, Hermann Schneider & Margaret Minna Green, The History of World Civilization[1], volume 2, page 614:
      Lucretius was the Xenophanes of Roman culture, a great theorist (visionary), an ardent disciple of Universal Nature, an enemy of all superstition, false gods, and false fear of death, []
    • 1970, John Arthur Passmore, The Perfectibility of Man[2], page 77:
      No Xenophanes arose amongst the Jews to rebuke them for ascribing to Jahweh acts which would be accounted a shame and a disgrace amongst men; []
    • 1985, Michael Despland, The Education of Desire[3], page 33:
      Euthyphro is no Xenophanes but as a religious and thinking man he can turn to great teachers; []

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Noun[edit]

Xenophanes (plural Xenophaneses)

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  1. By extension, a profound or transformative religious thinker.