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[spen-seer-ee-uh n]
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  1. of Herbert Spencer or his philosophy.
  1. a follower of Herbert Spencer.

Origin of Spencerian1

First recorded in 1885–90; Spencer2 + -ian


[spen-seer-ee-uh n]
  1. pertaining to or characteristic of a system of penmanship, characterized by clear, rounded letters slanting to the right.

Origin of Spencerian2

1875–80; P. R. Spencer2 + -ian
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Examples from the Web for spencerian

Historical Examples

  • Mr. Allen calls this the Spencerian view, and so it is in so far as that Mr. Spencer has adopted it.

    Luck or Cunning

    Samuel Butler

  • Mr. Fison is a Spencerian; so, for all that I know, may Mr. Siebert be.

  • It is to the pages of Huxley that we must turn to see this Spencerian fallacy refuted.

  • We had thus two epochs in our school, the Ciceronian and the Spencerian periods.

    Revisiting the Earth

    James Langdon Hill

  • Any line of his writing was as neatly molded as Spencerian copy.

    Revisiting the Earth

    James Langdon Hill