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  • proper noun An ancient Greek rhetorician, philosopher, who harshly criticized Homer's poems.


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From Ancient Greek Ζωΐλος (Zōilos).


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  • The city then fell into the hands of a private individual called Zoilus, at whose death it was added by Alexander Jammæus to his Kingdom of

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Diocese-Fathers of Mercy

  • When Zoilus insults Homer, when Maevius insults Virgil, when Vise insults Moliere, when Pope insults Shakspeare, when Frederic insults Voltaire, it is an old law of envy and hatred which is being carried out; genius attracts insult, great men are always more or less barked at.

    Les Miserables

  • His body was submerged in the sea; when found shortly after on the shore, it was interred by the priest Zoilus in his house c.

    St. Chrysogonus, martyr

  • As for the classics: his Eol and Zoilus ought to be Aeolus and Zoïlus; and his "automatons and homunculi" ought to be "automata," etc.

    The Strange Case of Pushkin and Nabokov

  • Zoilus, however, after remaining in the kingdom some time, sank into poverty, and sent a message to the king, requesting that something might be bestowed upon him.

    The Ten Books on Architecture

  • Some years later, Zoilus, who took the surname of Homeromastix, came from Macedonia to Alexandria and read to the king his writings directed against the Iliad and Odyssey.

    The Ten Books on Architecture

  • Hence, in the eyes of the modern literary dilettante, he figures as a misguided, domineering Zoilus whose mission in life was to heap ridicule upon the poetical efforts of

    Early Reviews of English Poets

  • From Zoilus to the penny newspapers, never has there been criticism, penned or spoken, so bitterly pungent as some of the grave laudatory articles, by which authors are now quizzed down to zero in the popular reviews.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 20, No. 564, September 1, 1832

  • _ Zoilus, are often used to denote different types.

    The Student's Companion to Latin Authors

  • Boccalini, in his "Advertisements from Parnassus," tells us that Zoilus once presented Apollo a very caustic criticism upon a very admirable book; whereupon the god asked him for the beauties of the work.

    Harvard Classics Volume 28 Essays English and American


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