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[spen-seer-ee-uh n] /spɛnˈsɪər i ən/
of Herbert Spencer or his philosophy.
a follower of Herbert Spencer.
Origin of Spencerian1
First recorded in 1885-90; Spencer2 + -ian


[spen-seer-ee-uh n] /spɛnˈsɪər i ən/
pertaining to or characteristic of a system of penmanship, characterized by clear, rounded letters slanting to the right.
1875-80; P. R. Spencer2 + -ian Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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.

    Magic and Religion Andrew Lang
  • It is to the pages of Huxley that we must turn to see this Spencerian fallacy refuted.

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

    Revisiting the Earth James Langdon Hill
  • We had thus two epochs in our school, the Ciceronian and the Spencerian periods.

    Revisiting the Earth James Langdon Hill
  • He was a Spencerian like you till Kreis turned him to materialistic monism.

    Martin Eden Jack London
  • Spencerian evolution is an assertion of the all-sufficiency of natural law.

    Edward Caldwell Moore Edward Moore
  • As a philosopher, however, Nietzsche does not stand or fall by his objections to the Darwinian or Spencerian cosmogony.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche
  • I have been told that a man who writes pure Spencerian can never do anything else.

  • He was putting on his coat to go, but he looked down at the crumpled note, with its Spencerian handwriting.

    Rose of Dutcher's Coolly

    Hamlin Garland

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