16041681, Dec 8
a French abbé, philosopher and poet. He was made a member of the Académie française on 7 January 1655. Cotin was born and died in Paris. He was a scholar of Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and Syriac, an advisor to Louis XIV, and renowned in his time for his sermons, poetry, and erudition. Cotin is remembered for his violent squabbles with Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux and Moliere, who gave him a stinging satiric immortality as the character Trissotin in Les Femmes savantes.
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