Voltaire, François Marie Arouet de


Voltaire, François Marie Arouet de fräNswä´ märē´ ärwā´ də vôltĕr´ [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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