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A.Word.A.Day--aristarch

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aristarch (AR-uh-stark) noun

A severe critic.

[After Aristarchus of Samothrace (circa 216-144 BCE), Greek philologist and critic of the Homeric poetry, who rejected many lines of it as spurious.]

"Before them march'd that awful Aristarch;
Plow'd was his front with many a deep Remark."
The Dunciad; Alexander Pope; 1741.

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