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[jon-suh n] /ˈdʒɒn sən/
Ben, 1573?–1637, English dramatist and poet.
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[jon-soh-nee-uh n] /dʒɒnˈsoʊ ni ən/ (Show IPA),
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  • On the fly-leaf are memoranda of Wesleyan and jonsonian anecdotes which Buckle had evidently made for his own use.

    Lives of Illustrious Shoemakers William Edward Winks
  • Even the word "humour" seems to have been employed in the jonsonian sense by Chapman before Jonson's use of it.

  • Mr. Greenwood, it is proper to say, does not seem to be satisfied that he has solved what he calls “the jonsonian riddle.”

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Ben. 1572–1637, English dramatist and poet, who developed the "comedy of humours", in which each character is used to satirize one particular humour or temperament. His plays include Volpone (1606), The Alchemist (1610), and Bartholomew Fair (1614), and he also wrote court masques
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