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Shakespearean

or Shakespearian

[sheyk-speer-ee-uh n] /ʃeɪkˈspɪər i ən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or suggestive of Shakespeare or his works.
noun
2.
a Shakespearean scholar; a specialist in the study of the works of Shakespeare.
Origin of Shakespearean
1810-1820
1810-20; Shakespeare + -an
Related forms
Shakespeareanism, Shakespearianism, noun
half-Shakespearean, adjective
non-Shakespearean, adjective
non-Shakespearian, adjective
post-Shakespearean, adjective
post-Shakespearian, adjective
pre-Shakespearean, adjective
pre-Shakespearian, adjective
pseudo-Shakespearean, adjective
pseudo-Shakespearian, adjective
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Examples from the Web for Shakespearean
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  • Shakespearean scholars have pointed out the connection between the dramatist and the exposer of exorcism.

  • It is the only Shakespearean play without a deep philosophical idea.

    William Shakespeare John Masefield
  • Having discussed the substance of a Shakespearean tragedy, we should naturally go on to examine the form.

    Shakespearean Tragedy A. C. Bradley
  • The third act is "spoiled, by the characteristic Shakespearean language."

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • He loved Shakespeare's plays above all others and never missed a chance to see the leading Shakespearean actors.

    Lincoln's Yarns and Stories Alexander K. McClure
British Dictionary definitions for Shakespearean

Shakespearean

/ʃeɪkˈspɪərɪən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Shakespeare or his works
noun
2.
a student of or specialist in Shakespeare's works
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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