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Aminte (2 syl.)

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The name assumed by Cathos as more aristocratic than her own. She is courted by a gentleman, but discards him because his manners are too simple and easy for “bon ton;” he then sends his valet, who pretends to be a marquis, and Aminte is charmed with his “distinguished style of manners and talk.” When the game has gone far enough, the trick is exposed, and Aminte is saved from a mésalliance.—Molière: Les Précieuses Ridicules.

It was a prevailing fashion in the Middle Ages to change names; Voltaire’s proper name was Arouet (1694–1778); Melancthon’s was Schwarzerde (1497–1560). The real names of Desiderius Erasmus were Gheraerd Gheraerd (1467–1536); Anacharsis Clootz was Jean Baptiste Clootz, etc.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Amethyst
Amiable Numbers
Amicable Numbers
Amicus curiæ (Latin, a friend to the court)
Amiel
Amiens
Amina
Aminadab
Amine
Aminte
Amiral
Amlet (Richard)
Ammon
Ammonian Horn (The)
Ammonites
Amon’s Son (in Orlando Furioso)
Amoret
Amoret
Amorous (The)
Amour propre