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Byronic

[bahy-ron-ik]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to Lord Byron.
  2. possessing the characteristics of Byron or his poetry, especially romanticism, melancholy, and melodramatic energy.

Origin of Byronic

First recorded in 1815–25; Byron + -ic
Related formsBy·ron·i·cal·ly, adverbBy·ron·ism [bahy-ruh-niz-uh m] /ˈbaɪ rəˌnɪz əm/, noun
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Examples from the Web for byronic

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  • He dares attack with Byronic boldness every idol that his enemies worship.

    Life Immovable

    Kostes Palamas

  • I did not ride him again for some days, and when I did, I found him steeped in Byronic gloom.

  • Thus, ever in perplexity, I must abjure the theory of Byronic merit.

    Browning's Heroines

    Ethel Colburn Mayne

  • There was Byronic pleasure in imagining the loneliness that would be his lot.

    Narcissus

    Evelyn Scott

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

    Iconoclasts

    James Huneker


Word Origin and History for byronic

Byronic

adj.

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