Bohomolec, Franciszek (b. Jan. 29, 1720, near Vitebsk, Pol.--d. April 24, 1784, Warsaw)
Jesuit priest, editor, and linguist who was also a prominent dramatist of the Enlightenment in Poland.
Bohomolec taught in Warsaw and began to adapt comedies of Carlo Goldoni and Moliere for performance by his pupils. His early works satirized the ignorance and folly of the Polish aristocracy. He wrote a number of other plays for a wider public; these include Malzenstwo z kalendarza (1766; "Marriage by the Calendar"), which ridicules ignorance and superstition and is usually considered his best work, and Czary (1774; "Sorcery"), also satirizing superstition. For the last 20 years of his life Bohomolec edited the magazine The Monitor, one of the first modern periodicals in Poland.