Definition of Abderian
1 : of or belonging to the ancient city of Abdera or to its inhabitants
2 : foolish Abderian laughter
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Origin and Etymology of abderian
Abdera, city of ancient Thrace (borrowed from Greek Ábdēra) + -ian
First Known Use: 1737
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