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Definition of Leviathan from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

Leviathan

 
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a book published by Thomas Hobbes in 1651. It discusses human society and the relationship between rulers and people. Its conclusion is that a single powerful authority is necessary to prevent 'a war of every man against every man'. The book also contains the famous phrase describing human life as 'solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short'.

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