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or De·nys  (dĕn′ĭs, də-nē′), Saint Third century ad.
Patron saint of France. Sent to minister to the Gauls as the first bishop of Paris, he suffered martyrdom by decapitation.


(ˈdɛnɪs; French dəni)
1. (Biography) Maurice (mɔris). 1870–1943, French painter and writer on art. One of the leading Nabis, he defined a picture as "essentially a flat surface covered with colours assembled in a certain order"
2. (Biography) Saint Denis Saint Denys 3rd century ad, first bishop of Paris; patron saint of France. Feast day: Oct 9


(ˈdɛn ɪs; Fr. dəˈni)

Saint, died A.D. c280, 1st bishop of Paris: patron saint of France.
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On my arrival at Starkfield, Denis Eady, the rich Irish grocer, who was the proprietor of Starkfield's nearest approach to a livery stable, had entered into an agreement to send me over daily to Corbury Flats, where I had to pick up my train for the Junction.
Denis Eady was the son of Michael Eady, the ambitious Irish grocer, whose suppleness and effrontery had given Starkfield its first notion of "smart" business methods, and whose new brick store testified to the success of the attempt.
I wouldn't ever have it said that I stood in the way of a poor girl like Mattie marrying a smart fellow like Denis Eady," Zeena answered in a tone of plaintive self-effacement.
That thrust had frightened him more than any vague insinuations about Denis Eady.
Denis, where the marble effigies of thirty generations of kings and queens lay stretched at length upon the tombs, and the sensations invoked were startling and novel; the curious armor, the obsolete costumes, the placid faces, the hands placed palm to palm in eloquent supplication--it was a vision of gray antiquity.
Denis Davydov, with his Russian instinct, was the first to recognize the value of this terrible cudgel which regardless of the rules of military science destroyed the French, and to him belongs the credit for taking the first step toward regularizing this method of warfare.
The report of firearms was heard near the Rue Saint Denis and occasionally church bells began to ring indiscriminately and at the caprice of the populace.
Are you aware that the mob have even suggested throwing up barricades in the Rue Saint Denis and the Rue Saint Antoine?
The Comte de la Fere, still faithful to his principles of loyalty and royalty, one day developed before his son in the vaults of Saint Denis, -- the Comte de la Fere, in the name of his son, had always declined them.
The car was broken into twice, the house was burgled and Denis had two car accidents.
Denis, who no longer holds art sessions with the resident described above, explains that, now that she is "in the throes" of her dementia, she no longer understands the function of a paint brush, and suggesting that she use one would prove frustrating and confusing.