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 Am’ine (3 syl.).Am’iral 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Aminte (2 syl.).
The name assumed by Cathos as more aristocratic than her own. She is courted by a gentleman, but discards him because his manners are too simple and easy for “bon ton;” he then sends his valet, who pretends to be a marquis, and Aminte is charmed with his “distinguished style of manners and talk.” When the game has gone far enough, the trick is exposed, and Aminte is saved from a mésalliance.—Molière: Les Précieuses Ridicules.   1
        It was a prevailing fashion in the Middle Ages to change names; Voltaire’s proper name was Arouet (1694–1778); Melancthon’s was Schwarzerde (1497–1560). The real names of Desiderius Erasmus were Gheraerd Gheraerd (1467–1536); Anacharsis Clootz was Jean Baptiste Clootz, etc.

 Am’ine (3 syl.).Am’iral 


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