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Pompeian

or Pom·pei·ian

[pom-pey-uh n, -pee-]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to Pompeii, or its culture.
  2. pertaining to or designating a style of mural painting, examples of which have been found in or near Pompeii, Herculaneum, etc., dating from about the beginning of the 1st century b.c. to a.d. 79, characterized chiefly by the illusion of three-dimensional form organized in an architectonic structure.
noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Pompeii.

Origin of Pompeian

From the Latin word Pompeiānus, dating back to 1825–35. See Pompeii, -an
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Examples from the Web for pompeian

Historical Examples

  • It looks more like the room of a Pompeian house than a Christian crypt.

    Pagan and Christian Rome

    Rodolfo Lanciani

  • She crossed the room and passed behind the bronze Pompeian Antinous.

  • I write this very early on the 27th, on my road to my Pompeian house.

    The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1

    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • Can he be Pompeian, and despise wealth, even if blind to beauty?'

    The Last Days of Pompeii

    Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

  • Among them was Cicero, who often speaks of his Pompeian villa (Pompeianum).


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