Definitions for lucian
A sophist who was of Syrian origin.
, rare in the English-speaking world.
Origin: Lucianus, either a derivative of the Roman praenomen Lucius, from lux; or from Λουκιανός, of obscure meaning.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a Greek writer, born in Samosata, in Syria, in the early part of the 2nd century; he travelled much in his youth; acquired a cynical view of the world, and gave himself to ridicule the philosophical sects and the pagan mythology; his principal writings consist of "Dialogues," of which the "Dialogues of the Dead" are the best known, the subject being one affording him scope for exposing the vanity of human pursuits; he was an out and out sceptic, found nothing worthy of reverence in heaven or on earth.