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[bahy-ron-ik] /baɪˈrɒn ɪk/
of or relating to Lord Byron.
possessing the characteristics of Byron or his poetry, especially romanticism, melancholy, and melodramatic energy.
Origin of Byronic
First recorded in 1815-25; Byron + -ic
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Byronically, adverb
[bahy-ruh-niz-uh m] /ˈbaɪ rəˌnɪz əm/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This book was an excellent antidote to the Byronic fever, then at its height.

    Woman's Work in English Fiction Clara Helen Whitmore
  • He dares attack with Byronic boldness every idol that his enemies worship.

    Life Immovable Kostes Palamas
  • His neck was long and feminine, and stuck up grotesquely much above a sort of Byronic collar held together by a black stock tie.

    Children of the Market Place Edgar Lee Masters
  • I did not ride him again for some days, and when I did, I found him steeped in Byronic gloom.

    The Talking Horse F. Anstey
  • It is impossible to comprehend the Byronic craze which swept cool-headed England off her feet during the regency.

    Woman's Work in English Fiction Clara Helen Whitmore
  • Thus, ever in perplexity, I must abjure the theory of Byronic merit.

    Browning's Heroines Ethel Colburn Mayne
  • Then arose that mighty race of Romantic poets who proclaimed with Byronic fire the gospel of nature and passion.

  • It was, in reality, the Byronic attitude transposed to the Paris boulevards.

    Iconoclasts James Huneker
Word Origin and History for Byronic

1823, pertaining to or resembling British poet George Gordon, 6th Baron Byron (1788-1824).

Perfect she was, but as perfection is
Insipid in this naughty world of ours,
Where our first parents never learn'd to kiss
Till they were exiled from their earlier bowers,
Where all was peace, and innocence, and bliss
(I wonder how they got through the twelve hours),
Don Jose like a lineal son of Eve,
Went plucking various fruit without her leave.

[from "Don Juan"]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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