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or Shakespearian

[sheyk-speer-ee-uh n] /ʃeɪkˈspɪər i ən/
of, relating to, or suggestive of Shakespeare or his works.
a Shakespearean scholar; a specialist in the study of the works of Shakespeare.
Origin of Shakespearean
First recorded in 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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They tell me that my shakespearian ideas will set New York agog.

    A Singer from the Sea Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • I was struck by this appreciation, but there was no time for shakespearian talk.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • The fool he looked for was one which it takes a wise man to make—a shakespearian fool.

    Gryll Grange Thomas Love Peacock
  • Of all the contemporaries of Shakespeare, Webster is the most shakespearian.

  • The shakespearian, the Dantesque, are in a line, two at most.

  • The arousing of pity for the doomed child is almost shakespearian.


    James Huneker
  • This is no accident, for accident is unknown to the so-called shakespearian drama.

    The Little Cryptogram J. Gilfin Pyle
  • It took years of thought and study to be a shakespearian jester.

    The Autobiography of a Clown Isaac Frederick Marcosson
  • There is a distinctly shakespearian flavour in the quality of Borodins humour.

    The Russian Opera Rosa Newmarch
British Dictionary definitions for shakespearian


of, relating to, or characteristic of Shakespeare or his works
a student of or specialist in Shakespeare's works
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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