• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Zoilean Having the characteristic of Zoilus, a bitter, envious, unjust critic, who lived about 270 years before Christ.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • zoilean Characteristic of Zoilus, a Greek critic (about the fourth century b. c.), noted for his severe criticism of Homer; having the character of Zoilism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Zoilean characteristic of Zoilus, a Greek grammarian who flourished in the time of Philip of Macedon, and assailed Homer with such asperity that his name became proverbial for a captious and malignant critic
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