A portrait of the scholar Erasmus.
Erasmus definition by Webster's New World
Erasmus, Desiderius (born Gerhard Gerhards) 1466?-1536; Du. humanist, scholar, & theologian
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- Erasmian adjective, noun
Erasmus definition by American Heritage Dictionary
, Desiderius 1466?-1536.
Dutch Renaissance scholar and Roman Catholic theologian who sought to revive classical texts from antiquity, restore simple Christian faith based on Scripture, and eradicate the improprieties of the medieval Church. His works include The Praise of Folly (1509) and On Free Will (1524), a challenge to Luther's views.