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Attila is also known as Attila the Hun or the Scourge of God.
  King of the Huns who invaded the Roman Empire with much success (406-453)
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  • Attila is also known as Attila the Hun or the Scourge of God.
  • Some pair they made: Attila the Hun and Gracie the useless.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • The vision was so out of character—like Attila the Hun wearing ballerina shoes.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I am going among the latter, who claim to be descended from Attila and the Huns.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula

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  • When Wynand opened his second paper—in Philadelphia—the local publishers met him like European chieftains united against the invasion of Attila.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Beneath that stern, relentless exterior, he was a superintelligent man-and he could not have failed to be amused at the daily Attila the Hun act he put on for us.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • In regard to the migration of the peoples it does not enter anyone’s head today to suppose that the renovation of the European world depended on Attila’s caprice.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • In addition to Socrates, I knew a White Russian named Attila at the Boston School of Business Administration.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • This man is a Napoleon, a Genghis Khan, Attila the Hun.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • What would Attila have been without his courage, or Shylock without self-denial as regards the flesh?
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters

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  • Braid them, twist them together; the result is enormous: it is Attila hesitating between Marcian on the east and Valentinian on the west; it is Hannibal tarrying at Capua; it is Danton falling asleep at Arcis-sur-Aube.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • [2] It was not Attila, but Totila, who in 542 besieged Florence, and, according to false popular tradition, burned it.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • He was one of the first Nordic men who had invented civilization, or who had desired to do otherwise than Attila the Hun had done, and the battle against chaos sometimes did not seem to be worth fighting.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Attila the Hun died young.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • One of those thighs that made the bird seem to ride like an Attila’s horseman through the air.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • In my brain were stored a thousand pictures: Giotto’s flock of angels from the blue vaulting of a little church in Padua, and near them walked Hamlet and the garlanded Ophelia, fair similitudes of all sadness and misunderstanding in the world, and there stood Gianozzo, the aeronaut, in his burning balloon and blew a blast on his horn, Attila carrying his new headgear in his hand, and the Borobudur reared its soaring sculpture in the air.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • When she was still active, they called her Attila the Huness.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • "Ah," said Attila, "those people!" He bent forward slightly, ominous.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • I’m tempted, Attila, but I think Bro’s counting on us.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • His countenance and dress was that of a Mongol, but of a high caste—more Genghis Khan than Attila the Hun.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • The spawn of Attila must be crushed ("exterminated," said the Reverend Mr. Smallwood) by the sons of freedom.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • She is a lady indeed, although my limited experience of her suggests that she is also a mixture of the warrior queen Boadicea without the chariot, Catherine de’ Medici without the poisoned rings, and Attila the Hun without his wonderful sense of fun.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • The nations took Attila, who was doomed to destroy them, for a conqueror similar to other conquerors, and it was necessary for both to reveal their missions, that they might be known and acknowledged; one was compelled to say, ’I am the angel of the Lord’; and the other, ’I am the hammer of God,’ in order that the divine essence in both might be revealed."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • * *learn Look, Attila, the greate conqueror, Died in his sleep, <19> with shame and dishonour, Bleeding aye at his nose in drunkenness: A captain should aye live in soberness And o’er all this, advise* you right well *consider, bethink What was commanded unto Lemuel; <20> Not Samuel, but Lemuel, say I. Reade the Bible, and find it expressly Of wine giving to them that have justice.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • What devil or what witch was ever so great as Attila, whose blood is in these veins?
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Attila did not look through the opening in his tent and gesture at some lame dog standing at the edge of the fire waiting to be thrown a scrap of meat.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • The fearless exemplary death of Attila the Hun.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • And were it not that at the passage of the Arno some semblance of him yet remains, those citizens who afterwards rebuilt it upon the ashes that were left by Attila[2] would have labored in vain.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • The divine justice here pierces that Attila who was a scourge on earth, and Pyrrhus and Sextus; and forever milks the tears that with the boiling it unlocks from Rinier of Corneto, and from Rinier Pazzo, who upon the highways made such warfare.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • ůman, or one with bubonic plague, his collar too tight but elegant, silk, his tie silk too, on his fat red fingers an enormous set of rings (And what kind of wife do you go home to, Fleet?), fat legs filling the ridiculous pinstripe funeral-parlor trousers; the other called Ottla, Attila to Will, huge, solemn man with a red moustache, slightly luminous, like a child’s hair on a summer day, his spectacles low and loose on his nose, and behind them, glazed gray eyes like a lunatic’s.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Attila [7] , Hannibal [5] , Constantine [5] , Hannibal [5] , William the Conqueror [8]
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