Definition of Lessing

1. Noun. German playwright and leader of the Enlightenment (1729-1781).

Exact synonyms: Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Generic synonyms: Dramatist, Playwright

2. Noun. English author of novels and short stories who grew up in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) (born in 1919).
Exact synonyms: Doris Lessing, Doris May Lessing
Generic synonyms: Author, Writer

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Literary usage of Lessing

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1. European Theories of the Drama: An Anthology of Dramatic Theory and by Barrett Harper Clark (1918)
"lessing was a dramatist of the first rank, and a critic, coming as he did ... Says lessing in his Preface to the Dramaturgie: "This Dramaturgie is to form a ..."

2. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Ernest Alfred Benians, George Walter Prothero, Sir Adolphus William Ward (1907)
"But in all this lessing did not for_ a moment sacrifice the fundamental tenets of rationalism and classicism. He took his standpoint on the dogmas of ..."

3. A History of German Literature by John George Robertson (1902)
"lessing. IN the autumn of 1746, after a promising school career at the ... Although lessing did not belong to the coterie which contributed to the ..."

4. A Brief History of German Literature: Based on Gotthold Klee's "Grundz├╝ge by George Madison Priest, Gotthold Klee (1909)
"1741 to 1746 lessing attended the famous school of St. Afra at Meissen near Dresden, ... At St. Afra, lessing also conceived his first comedy Der junge ..."

5. The Philosophy of History in France and Germany by Robert Flint (1874)
"lessing. GOTTHOLD EPHRAIM lessing was above all others the leader of the great movement ... No such life is in vain; and although lessing elaborated little, ..."

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