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The great Iranian lexicographer, Ali Akbar Dehkhoda

Compiled By: Syed Ali Shahbaz
On February 25, 1956 AD, the great Iranian lexicographer, Ali Akbar Dehkhoda died at the age of 76. He was born in Tehran and after completing his studies went to Europe for higher studies. He returned to Iran after five years and was actively involved in the Constitutional Movement against the decadent Qajarid dynasty.
He launched his literary career by writing critical and satirical articles in Persian newspapers and magazines against the unjust conditions of the time. He was an authority on Iran's culture and the Persian language, and wrote the 4-volume work "Imsal wa Hakam", which contains over 4,000 proverbs and their meanings. His magnum opus is "Lughat-Namah", a voluminous lexicon of the Persian language.

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