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God•win  (godwin),USA pronunciation n. 
    Also,  God•wi•ne  (godwin),USA pronunciation  Earl of the West Saxons, died 1053, English statesman.
  1. BiographicalGail, born 1937, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
  2. Mary Woll•stone•craft  (godwin),USA pronunciation 1759–97, English writer.
  3. Biographicalher husband  William, 1756–1836, English political philosopher, novelist, and essayist.
  4. a male given name: from an Old English word meaning "good friend.''

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Godwin /ˈɡɒdwɪn/ n
  1. died 1053, Earl of Wessex. He was chief adviser to Canute and Edward the Confessor. His son succeeded Edward to the throne as Harold II
  2. Mary. See (Mary) Wollstonecraft
  3. William. 1756–1836, British political philospher and novelist. In An Enquiry concerning Political Justice (1793), he rejected government and social institutions, including marriage. His views greatly influenced English romantic writers
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