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Apemantus

A churlish philosopher, in Shakespeare's Timon of Athens.

“The cynicism of Apemantus contrasted with the misanthropy of Timon.” —Sir Walter Scott.

A-per-se An A 1; a person or thing of unusual merit. “A” all alone with no one who can follow, nemo proximus aut secundus.

Chaucer calls Cresseide “the floure and A-per-se of Troi and Greek.”

“London, thou art of townes A-per-se.” —Lansdowne MSS.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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