Definition of Milesian in English:

Milesian

Line breaks: Mi|le¦sian
Pronunciation: /mʌɪˈliːʃɪən
 
, -ʃ(ə)n/

noun

  • A native or inhabitant of ancient Miletus.
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    • Heraclitus may be saying that the Milesians correctly saw that one stuff turns into another in a series, but they incorrectly inferred from this that some one stuff is the source of everything else.
    • With the newly-invented money as the universal means of storing value, we can perhaps understand how it was the Milesians who came to ask the fundamental questions of Philosophy and Science.
    • He produced a play about the Persian slaughter of the Milesians, a disaster that devastated the Athenians who were deeply partisan to the Milesian cause.

adjective

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  • Relating to Miletus or its inhabitants.
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    • For more than a thousand years the kings and queens of England and Scotland have been crowned over this stone and, as the history of IRELAND reveals, the Milesian kings before them.
    • He produced a play about the Persian slaughter of the Milesians, a disaster that devastated the Athenians who were deeply partisan to the Milesian cause.
    • But the Milesian school of philosophers that Thales founded produced little consensus about the prote hyle or first matter that constituted everything.

Origin

mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek Milēsios + -an.

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