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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
Related forms
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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  • The germ of byronism may be clearly detected already in the Wertherism of those times.

  • So it is with the great convulsion of Nature which was known as byronism.

    Twelve Types G.K. Chesterton
  • At all events the beginning of byronism—of the outward, visible byronism, that is to say—is there.

    The Love Affairs of Lord Byron Francis Henry Gribble
  • It was perhaps partly one of the general results of the Revolutionary insanity earlier, partly a symptom or sequel of byronism.

  • byronism, interposed Litvinov, the romanticism of the thirties.

    Smoke Turgenev Ivan Sergeevich
  • If you are really so attracted to byronism, why not have chosen a suitable quotation from Lermontov?

  • byronism was a revolt against artificiality; the new pessimism is a revolt in its favour.

    Twelve Types G.K. Chesterton
  • And Chopin, so dandified in his byronism; the dreamy poet of those who suffer from neurosis!

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • byronism tended towards the desert; the new pessimism towards the restaurant.

    Twelve Types G.K. Chesterton
Word Origin and History for byronism



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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