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Richard Burton   /rˈɪtʃərd bˈərtən/   Listen
Richard Burton

English explorer who with John Speke was the first European to explore Lake Tanganyika (1821-1890).  Synonyms: Burton, Sir Richard Burton, Sir Richard Francis Burton.
Welsh film actor who often co-starred with Elizabeth Taylor (1925-1984).  Synonym: Burton.

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"Richard Burton" Quotes from Famous Books

... 1885.) Archibald Forbes described the larrikin as "a cross between the Street Arab and the Hoodlum, with a dash of the Rough thrown in to improve the mixture." ('Century.) The most exalted position yet reached in literature by this word is in Sir Richard Burton's 'Translation of the Arabian Nights' (1886-7), vol. i. p. 4, Story of the Larrikin and the Cook; vol. iv. p. 281, Tale of First Larrikin. The previous translator, Jonathan Scott, had ...
— A Dictionary of Austral English • Edward Morris

... When Lord Wolseley a few years back entered Ashantee, the altars were coated thick with the blood of hundreds of miserable beings who had been freshly slaughtered there. Still later similar horrid scenes were reported from Dahomey. Sir Richard Burton, who was an old acquaintance of mine, spent two months with the King of Dahomey, and dilated to me on the benevolence and enlightenment of that excellent monarch. I asked why, if the King was so benevolent, he did not alter the customs. Burton ...
— English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century - Lectures Delivered at Oxford Easter Terms 1893-4 • James Anthony Froude

Words linked to "Richard Burton" :   histrion, thespian, role player, actor, player, adventurer, explorer

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