448?–385? b.c., Athenian comic dramatist.

Related formsA·ris·to·phan·ic [uh-ris-tuh-fan-ik] /əˌrɪs təˈfæn ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of aristophanic

  • The roads were in good order for the visitors to the Aristophanic comedy.

    Gryll Grange

    Thomas Love Peacock

  • It is clear that the Aristophanic comedy could not have become permanent.

  • It is the Aristophanic method that differs so greatly from that of most modern satirists.


    Clive Bell

  • There, by lantern or candle-stump, wit Rabelaisian, Aristophanic or Antarctic was cradled into rhyme.

  • If we are to seek for an approximation to Aristophanic humor, we shall find it perhaps in Rabelais.

British Dictionary definitions for aristophanic



?448–?380 bc, Greek comic dramatist, who satirized leading contemporary figures such as Socrates and Euripides. Eleven of his plays are extant, including The Clouds, The Frogs, The Birds, and Lysistrata
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aristophanic in Culture



An ancient Greek dramatist, the author of such comedies as The Clouds and Lysistrata.

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