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Attila

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Definition King of the Huns who invaded the Roman Empire with much success (406-453)
  • Attila is also known as Attila the Hun or the Scourge of God.
  • I'm tempted, Attila, but I think Bro's counting on us.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • What would Attila have been without his courage, or Shylock without self-denial as regards the flesh?
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • "Ah," said Attila, "those people!"
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • The vision was so out of character—like Attila the Hun wearing ballerina shoes.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • When she was still active, they called her Attila the Huness.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • The spawn of Attila must be crushed ("exterminated," said the Reverend Mr. Smallwood) by the sons of freedom.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • 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
  • 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
  • This man is a Napoleon, a Genghis Khan, Attila the Hun.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • [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
  • 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
  • Attila the Hun died young.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Some pair they made: Attila the Hun and Gracie the useless.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • In addition to Socrates, I knew a White Russian named Attila at the Boston School of Business Administration.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • I am going among the latter, who claim to be descended from Attila and the Huns.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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