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[dan-tesk] /dænˈtɛsk/
in the style of Dante; characterized by impressive elevation of style with deep solemnity or somberness of feeling.
Origin of Dantesque
1825-35; Dant(e) + -esque; compare French dantesque, Italian dantesco
Related forms
pseudo-Dantesque, adjective Unabridged
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  • And a Dantesque quality, not of method, but of power, is to be felt in Molière.

    Classic French Course in English William Cleaver Wilkinson
  • The Shakespearian, the Dantesque, are in a line, two at most.

  • A carnival of evil, weird and Dantesque, begins in the lonely cell.

    Nevermore Rolf Boldrewood
  • Some day he will rediscover the Dantesque hierarchy of souls implicit in humanity.

  • And a Dantesque quality, not of method, but of power, is to be felt in Molire.

    French Classics William Cleaver Wilkinson
  • But has he preserved it in its force and simplicity and Dantesque directness?

  • We want the "inevitable" word, the simple and the home-coming, the Dantesque.

    Platform Monologues T. G. Tucker
  • In the eighty-acre horse pasture the pony with the Dantesque face grew fat and almost smiling.

    Sixes and Sevens

    O. Henry
  • If you object to my phrase, please to observe that it is Dantesque—which will oblige you to find it admirable.

  • In the succeeding darkness one beholds, not the sea, but a vast bottomless pit, Dantesque and terrible.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham

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