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[nuh-poh-lee-on-ik] /nəˌpoʊ liˈɒn ɪk/
pertaining to, resembling, or suggestive of Napoleon I, or, less often, Napoleon III, or their dynasty:
the Napoleonic era; a Napoleonic attitude toward one's employees.
Origin of Napoleonic
First recorded in 1860-65; Napoleon + -ic
Related forms
Napoleonically, adverb
post-Napoleonic, adjective
pre-Napoleonic, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Probably she has the whole thing settled in her Napoleonic mind.

    The Green Satin Gown Laura E. Richards
  • The war is assuming a phase very like that of the Napoleonic struggles.

  • I had heard in my boyhood a good deal of the great Napoleonic legend.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • In appearance it roughly resembled a mighty Napoleonic nose.

    The Right Stuff Ian Hay
  • A New Simplon and a peaceful Napoleonic mind will accomplish this.

    Canada and the Canadians Sir Richard Henry Bonnycastle
  • There was not half enough to do to satisfy his Napoleonic ambition.

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • He felt that his Napoleonic action had justified itself by success.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
British Dictionary definitions for Napoleonic


relating to or characteristic of Napoleon I or his era
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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