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[vahg-neer-ee-uh n] /vɑgˈnɪər i ən/
of, relating to, or characteristic of Richard Wagner or his works:
Wagnerian grandeur; a Wagnerian soprano.
Also, Wagnerite
[vahg-nuh-rahyt] /ˈvɑg nəˌraɪt/ (Show IPA)
. a follower or admirer of the music or theories of Richard Wagner.
Origin of Wagnerian
First recorded in 1870-75; Wagner + -ian Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • With Shakespeare there is no Wagnerian, Euripidean "apologia."

    Visions and Revisions John Cowper Powys
  • Almost all later music, and much of the earlier, sounds Wagnerian.

  • His orchestral prelude, however, reverts to an earlier Wagnerian type.

    Musical Criticisms Arthur Johnstone
  • On the other hand, we do not agree with the criticism that "Gerontius" is Wagnerian music.

    Musical Criticisms Arthur Johnstone
  • That is to say, the music is continuous, as in Wagnerian musical drama.

    Musical Criticisms Arthur Johnstone
  • In point of fact "Ada" is Wagnerian only as compared with Verdi's earlier operas.

  • It is only when Verdi is compared with his earlier self that he appears Wagnerian.

  • The symbolism of the Wagnerian drama is both poetic and musical.

  • Nietzsche, just before 1876, experienced the pangs of a Wagnerian reactionary.

    Egoists James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for Wagnerian


of or suggestive of the dramatic musical compositions of Richard Wagner, their massive scale, dramatic and emotional intensity, etc
denoting or relating to a singer who has a voice suitable for singing Wagner
of or relating to a big, powerful, or domineering woman: a Wagnerian maiden
a follower or disciple of the music or theories of Richard Wagner
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