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 (gŏd′wĭn), William 1756-1836.
British writer and political theorist who believed in the perfectibility of human nature and maintained that people could live harmoniously without laws and institutions. His most important work is Enquiry Concerning Political Justice (1793).
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1. (Biography) 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. (Biography) Mary. See (Mary) Wollstonecraft
3. (Biography) William. 1756–1836, British political philosopher 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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(ˈgɒd wɪn)

1. Also, God•wi•ne (ˈgɒd wɪ nə) Earl of the West Saxons, died 1053, English statesman.
2. Mary Wollstonecraft, 1759–97, English women's rights activist and writer (mother of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley).
3. her husband, William, 1756–1836, English political philosopher and writer.
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After Jonathan's return to Ireland his uncle, Godwin Swift, seems to have taken charge of him, and when he was six to have sent him to a good school.
She was thinking of her evening dresses for the visit to Sir Godwin Lydgate's, which she had long been secretly hoping for as a delightful employment of at least one quarter of the honeymoon, even if she deferred her introduction to the uncle who was a doctor of divinity (also a pleasing though sober kind of rank, when sustained by blood).
"I hope your uncle Sir Godwin will not look down on Rosy, Mr.
Edward the Confessor had a palace here, and here the great Earl Godwin was proved guilty by the justice of that age of having encompassed the death of the King's brother.
"Yes, pretty well; but Godwin insists on my keeping it up constantly for some time to come.
A 45-year-old man, Olufemi Godwin, has been docked at a Badagry Chief Magistrates' Court, Lagos State, over alleged issuance of a dud cheque for N1.5 million.
JOCKEY Mitch Godwin has opened up about a two-year battle with depression that forced him to put his riding career on hold for 11 months as he struggled to deal with the pressures of life in the saddle and his mother's fight with breast cancer.
Falcon's success this year has been built on a blend of youth and experience with young players such as Tom Ward, Molly Edwards, Poppy Chapman, James Godwin and Hugo Jessop being key parts of the squad.
On Tuesday, it emerged that colleagues and family members of the deceased, identified as Shibin Godwin from the south Indian state of Kerala by some of his colleagues, were still seeking answers as to why he resorted to the extreme step.
KYLE GODWIN was inspirational and Kieran Marmion scored tries in each half as Connacht picked up a bonus-point win in their fight for third in Conference A.
CLASS: Andrew Godwin teaches technology class in Associated Service for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Center City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Paula Godwin was out hiking with her six-month-old golden retriever, Todd, and three-year-old retriever Copper, on a trailhead near North Seventh Avenue and West Carefree Highway, in Anthem, Arizona, at 7 a.m.