If you think dictionaries just give the definitions of words, then you have not read the dictionaries of Bayle, Brewer, Voltaire, Lempriere, Seyffert, Anthon, McCabe et al.
The full title of this work as stated on the title page is as follows: The Dictionary Historical and Critical of Mr. Peter Bayle. The Second Edition, Carefully collated with the several Editions of the Original; in which many Passages are restored, and the whole greatly augmented, particularly with a Translation of the Quotations from eminent Writers in various Languages. To which is prefixed THE LIFE OF THE AUTHOR, REVISED, CORRECTED, AND ENLARGED BY MR DES MAIZEAU, Fellow of the Royal Society."
The 2007 edition of Bayle's Historical and Critical Dictionary is a digital edition of the 1734-38 2nd English edition published for J. J. P. Knapton, et al.
It was Bayle who first wrote, about Catholic and Protestant intoleration, that the Catholics and Protestants were so busy killing each other that they almost forgot to kill the Jews.
It includes "The Life of the Author" by Mr. Des Maizeaux.
Thomas Jefferson nominated this English translation of Bayle’s Dictionary as one of the first 100 books for the Library of Congress.
Bruntiere wrote about Bayle that “To forget Bayle or to suppress him is to mutilate and falsify the whole history of ideas in the eighteenth century.”
Lecky, the historian, wrote that Bayle “did more than any previous writer to break the spell which St. Augustine had so long cast over theology” and termed him “one of the most important pioneers of religious liberty.”
Robinson, in his work on Bayle, wrote the following: "When he [Holberg] was in Paris just at the beginning of the Regency Holberg found that the press of students wanting the Dictionary at the Bibliotheque Mazarine, the first French public library, was so great that they arrived long before the doors were opened, and almost fought for a chance at the precious volumes.”
Finally, Disraeli called Bayle “the Shakespeare of dictionary makers” and “the historian of the human mind.”