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Hudibrastic

[hyoo-duh-bras-tik, or, often, yoo-] /ˌhyu dəˈbræs tɪk, or, often, ˌyu-/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or resembling the style of Samuel Butler's Hudibras (published 1663–78), a mock-heroic poem written in tetrameter couplets.
2.
of a playful burlesque style.
noun
3.
a Hudibrastic couplet or stanza.
Origin of Hudibrastic
1705-1715
1705-15; Hudibras + -tic
Related forms
Hudibrastically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for Hudibrastic
Historical Examples
  • His Hudibrastic verses are poor scurrilous trash, as the reader may judge from the description of the Highlanders, already quoted.

  • This quotation from the opening of Combe's Hudibrastic narrative will account for the originality of the hero's eccentric title.

  • Ordinary narrative poems with no satiric intent were decked in Hudibrastic couplets for the sake of a superficial cleverness.

    Aesop Dress'd Bernard Mandeville
  • It is a simple rendering in Hudibrastic verse of a familiar nursery story.

    Charles Lamb Walter Jerrold
British Dictionary definitions for Hudibrastic

hudibrastic

/ˌhjuːdɪˈbræstɪk/
adjective
1.
mock-heroic in style
Word Origin
C18: after Hudibras, poem (1663–68) by Samuel Butler
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