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Aretine

(3 syl.).

or rather Pietro Aretino, patronised by François I of France. A poet noted for his disreputable life and licentious verses. (1492–1557.)

“[Shakespeare] tried his hand with Aretine on a licentious subject.” —Steevens.

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