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François Marie Arouet de Voltaire

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Voltaire, François Marie Arouet de (fräNswäˈ märēˈ ärwāˈ də vôltĕrˈ) [key], 1694–1778, French philosopher and author, whose original name was Arouet. One of the towering geniuses in literary and intellectual history, Voltaire personifies the Enlightenment.

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