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  • noun Plural form of Abderite.


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  • Which Democritus well signified in an epistle of his to Hippocrates: [185] the Abderites account virtue madness, and so do most men living.

    Anatomy of Melancholy 2007

  • The Abderites, when they sent for [2859] Hippocrates, promised him what reward he would, [2860] all the gold they had, if all the city were gold he should have it.

    Anatomy of Melancholy 2007

  • Abderites been conversant with us, and but seen what [448] fleering and grinning there is in this age, they would certainly have concluded, we had been all out of our wits.

    Anatomy of Melancholy 2007

  • Democritus's carriage alone that made the Abderites suppose him to have been mad, and send for Hippocrates to cure him: if he had been in any solemn company, he would upon all occasions fall a laughing.

    Anatomy of Melancholy 2007

  • As this was too ridiculous for even the Abderites to endure, they removed the whole group into the temple of Neptune; and now, as often as it is shown to a foreigner, the custodian, in the name of the worthy town of Abdera, bitterly laments that so glorious a work of art should have been rendered useless _by the parsimony of

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 61, No. 376, February, 1847 Various

  • _Brunnen_ of the luckless Abderites of Wieland, with its sea-god of marble surrounded by a stately train of nymphs, tritons, and dolphins, from whose jets the water only dripped like tears, because, says the writer, with grave naïveté, 'there was scarcely enough to moisten the lips of a single nymph.'

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 1, No. 3, March, 1862 Various

  • Let us then beware lest this scaena of Apaturius make Alabandines or Abderites of us.

    The Ten Books on Architecture Vitruvius Pollio

  • The Abderites went into voluntary exile rather than share their country unequally with frogs.

    Janey Canuck in the West Emily Ferguson 1910

  • These Abderites were so stupid that the Romans made proverbs about them.

    Janey Canuck in the West Emily Ferguson 1910

  • This belief of uncultured people in their own intelligence has been most excellently portrayed by Wieland in his immortal "Abderites."

    Criminal Psychology: a manual for judges, practitioners, and students 1911


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