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Augustan

[aw-guhs-tuh n, uh-guhs-]
adjective
  1. of or relating to Augustus Caesar, the first Roman emperor, or to the age (Augustan Age) in which he flourished, which marked the golden age of Latin literature.
  2. of or relating to the neoclassic period, especially of 18th-century English literature.
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noun
  1. an author in an Augustan age.
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Origin of Augustan

From the Latin word Augustānus, dating back to 1695–1705. See Augustus, -an
Related formspost-Au·gus·tan, adjectivepre-Au·gus·tan, adjective
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Related Words

classic, humanistic, academic, attic, Latin, Hellenic, Doric, Greek, roman, scholastic, Ionic, Grecian, bookish, canonical, Augustan, Homeric, Virgilian, belletristic

Examples from the Web for augustan

Historical Examples

  • The Augustan Age was comical enough, if we may trust some of Horaces satires.

    The Comic Latin Grammar

    Percival Leigh

  • In his later works, Pope took Augustan satire about as far as it could go.

    The Methodist

    Evan Lloyd

  • Churchill and Robert Lloyd are explicit in their wish to break from Augustan style.

    The Methodist

    Evan Lloyd

  • It must recognize that there is little hope in going back to lofty Augustan ideals.

    The Methodist

    Evan Lloyd

  • It may be that we have here a pair of poets, the two most prominent of the Augustan Age.


British Dictionary definitions for augustan

Augustan

adjective
  1. characteristic of, denoting, or relating to the Roman emperor Augustus Caesar (63 bc –14 ad), his period, or the poets, notably Virgil, Horace, and Ovid, writing during his reign
  2. of, relating to, or characteristic of any literary period noted for refinement and classicism, esp the late 17th century in France (the period of the dramatists Corneille, Racine, and Molière) or the 18th century in England (the period of Swift, Pope, and Johnson, much influenced by Dryden)
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noun
  1. an author in an Augustan Age
  2. a student of or specialist in Augustan literature
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Word Origin and History for augustan

Augustan

adj.

1640s, from Latin Augustanus, "pertaining to Augustus (Caesar)," whose reign was connected with "the palmy period of Latin literature" [OED]; hence, "period of purity and refinement in any national literature" (1712).

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