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MENTOR

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Originally appearing in Volume V18, Page 146 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MENTOR, in Greek legend, the son of Alcimus and the faithful friend of Odysseus. During the absence of the latter, Mentor was entrusted with the care of his household and the guardian-ship of his son Telemachus. The word " mentor " is now used in the sense of a wise and trustworthy adviser, ameaning probably connected with the etymology of the name, from the root mon-, seen, in Lat. monere, to advise, monitor, adviser. The New English Dictionary points out that the transferred use is due less to Homer's Odyssey than to Fenelon's Telemaque, in which Mentor is a somewhat prominent character.
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