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From Ancient Greek Ξενοφάνης (Xenophánēs). The name means “of foreign appearance” and is composed of ξένος (xénos, foreign) + φαίνω (phaínō, appear).


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  1. A Greek given name.
  2. The pre-Socratic philosopher Xenophanes of Colophon; by extension or reference, any profound or transformative religious thinker.
    • 1931, Hermann Schneider & Margaret Minna Green, The History of World Civilization[1], volume 2, page 614:
      Lucretius was the Xenophanes of Roman culture, a great theorist (visionary), an ardent disciple of Universal Nature, an enemy of all superstition, false gods, and false fear of death, []
    • 1970, John Arthur Passmore, The Perfectibility of Man[2], page 77:
      No Xenophanes arose amongst the Jews to rebuke them for ascribing to Jahweh acts which would be accounted a shame and a disgrace amongst men; []
    • 1985, Michael Despland, The Education of Desire[3], page 33:
      Euthyphro is no Xenophanes but as a religious and thinking man he can turn to great teachers; []

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