Mon·tes·quieu (mŏntə-sky′, môɴ-tĕ-skyœ) Baron de la Brede et de Montesquieu. Title of Charles de Secondat. 1689-1755.
French philosopher and jurist. An outstanding figure of the early French Enlightenment, he wrote the influential Persian Letters (1721), a veiled attack on the monarchy and the ancien régime, and The Spirit of the Laws (1748), a discourse on government.
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