of or relating to Lord Byron.
possessing the characteristics of Byron or his poetry, especially romanticism, melancholy, and melodramatic energy.

Origin of Byronic

First recorded in 1815–25; Byron + -ic
Related formsBy·ron·i·cal·ly, adverbBy·ron·ism [bahy-ruh-niz-uh m] /ˈbaɪ rəˌnɪz əm/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of byronic

  • They exalted the unknown Disraeli out of sheer delight at his Byronic ability to irradiate everything with romance.

  • The fact that Lola always wore a Byronic collar helped the theory, held by many, that she was a daughter of the poet.

  • It was at this juncture that the youth of many locks and ample Byronic shirt collar appeared on the scene.

  • There was Byronic pleasure in imagining the loneliness that would be his lot.


    Evelyn Scott

  • The solitariness which exerted so potent a spell on Wordsworth had in it nothing ‘Byronic.’

    Oxford Lectures on Poetry

    Andrew Cecil Bradley

Word Origin and History for byronic



1823, pertaining to or resembling British poet George Gordon, 6th Baron Byron (1788-1824).

Perfect she was, but as perfection is
Insipid in this naughty world of ours,
Where our first parents never learn'd to kiss
Till they were exiled from their earlier bowers,
Where all was peace, and innocence, and bliss
(I wonder how they got through the twelve hours),
Don Jose like a lineal son of Eve,
Went plucking various fruit without her leave.

[from "Don Juan"]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper