Chamfort, Sébastien Roch Nicolas (sābästyăNˈ rōk nēkōläˈ shäNfôrˈ) [key], 1740–94, French writer. He is remembered only for his maxims and epigrams. His acute observations on literature, morals, and politics made him popular at court, despite his republican beliefs. In the Reign of Terror Chamfort was denounced, and he may have committed suicide.
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