Gender Masculine
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Pronounced Pron. die-ə-KLEE-shən(English)
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Meaning & History

From the Roman cognomen Diocletianus, a derivative of Diokles. This was the name of a Roman emperor of the 3rd and 4th centuries (Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus). He is remembered for persecuting Christians, but he also reformed and stabilized the crumbling Empire.

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Entry updated April 5, 2022