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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Diogenesnoun

    an ancient Greek philosopher and Cynic who rejected social conventions (circa 400-325 BC)

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  1. Diogenesnoun

    A Greek philosopher (c.412-c.323 BC). The most famous of Cynic philosophers.

  2. Etymology: From Διογένης.

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  1. Diogenes

    Diogenes ( dy-OJ-in-eez; Ancient Greek: Διογένης, romanized: Diogénēs [di.oɡénɛːs]), also known as Diogenes the Cynic (Διογένης ὁ Κυνικός, Diogénēs ho Kynikós) or Diogenes of Sinope, was a Greek philosopher and one of the founders of Cynicism. He was born in Sinope, an Ionian colony on the Black Sea coast of Anatolia in 412 or 404 BC and died at Corinth in 323 BC.Diogenes was a controversial figure. He was allegedly banished, or fled from, Sinope for debasement of currency. He was the son of the mintmaster of Sinope, and there is some debate as to whether or not he alone had debased the Sinopian currency, whether his father had done this, or whether they had both done it. After his hasty departure from Sinope he moved to Athens where he proceeded to criticize many conventions of Athens of that day. There are many tales about his dogging Antisthenes' footsteps and becoming his "faithful hound". Diogenes was captured by pirates and sold into slavery, eventually settling in Corinth. There he passed his philosophy of Cynicism to Crates, who taught it to Zeno of Citium, who fashioned it into the school of Stoicism, one of the most enduring schools of Greek philosophy. No writings of Diogenes survive, but there are some details of his life from anecdotes (chreia), especially from Diogenes Laërtius' book Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers and some other sources. Diogenes made a virtue of poverty. He begged for a living and often slept in a large ceramic jar, or pithos, in the marketplace. He used his simple lifestyle and behavior to criticize the social values and institutions of what he saw as a corrupt, confused society. He had a reputation for sleeping and eating wherever he chose in a highly non-traditional fashion and took to toughening himself against nature. He declared himself a cosmopolitan and a citizen of the world rather than claiming allegiance to just one place. He modeled himself on the example of Heracles, believing that virtue was better revealed in action than in theory. He became notorious for his philosophical stunts, such as carrying a lamp during the day, claiming to be looking for a "man" (often rendered in English as "looking for an honest man"). He criticized Plato, disputed his interpretation of Socrates, and sabotaged his lectures, sometimes distracting listeners by bringing food and eating during the discussions. Diogenes was also noted for having mocked Alexander the Great, both in public and to his face when he visited Corinth in 336 BC.

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    Diogenes was a well-known Greek philosopher, credited as one of the founders of Cynicism. He believed in living a life of virtue in agreement with nature, which often resulted in actions that violated social customs. Diogenes rejected all forms of luxury and advocated for a simple, ascetic lifestyle. The term may also refer to "Diogenes syndrome," a behavioral disorder characterized by extreme self-neglect, social withdrawal, apathy, and compulsive hoarding.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Diogenesnoun

    a Greek Cynic philosopher (412?-323 B. C.) who lived much in Athens and was distinguished for contempt of the common aims and conditions of life, and for sharp, caustic sayings

Editors Contribution

  1. diogenes

    Cursed of bad luck on life

    No matter how righteous you are with that name bad luck follows evil seems to find a person with that name it's a cursed name.


    Submitted by anonymous on January 6, 2020  

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  1. Diogenes

    The most foolish man who ever lived. He endeavored to find something with a lantern which could not even be located with a searchlight. Ambition: A brighter lantern. Recreation: Cleaning globes. Address: Tub. Epitaph: Here Lies A Man Who Attempted The Impossible.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Diogenes in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Diogenes in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Diogenes in a Sentence

  1. James Scott:

    I watch Fox news for the comedy, MSNBC when I need to be reminded that mind midgets exist and CNN when I want to check out the latest in media lies and special interest propaganda. On the other 364 days of the year I read the American transcendentalists, David Hume, Rene Descartes, Immanuel Kant, Niccolo Machiavelli and Diogenes of Sinope.

  2. John W. Gardner:

    When Alexander the Great visited Diogenes and asked whether he could do anything for the famed teacher, Diogenes replied 'Only stand out of my light.' Perhaps some day we shall know how to heighten creativity. Until then, one of the best things we can do for creative men and women is to stand out of their light.

  3. Laertius Diogenes:

    'Bury me on my face,' said Diogenes and when he was asked why, he replied, 'Because in a little while everything will be turned upside down.'

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