1. of or relating to Lord Byron.
  2. 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. 2018

Examples from the Web for byronism

Historical Examples of byronism

  • Byronism, interposed Litvinov, the romanticism of the thirties.


    Turgenev Ivan Sergeevich

  • So it is with the great convulsion of Nature which was known as Byronism.

    Twelve Types

    G.K. Chesterton

  • It was perhaps partly one of the general results of the Revolutionary insanity earlier, partly a symptom or sequel of Byronism.

  • Byronism tended towards the desert; the new pessimism towards the restaurant.

    Twelve Types

    G.K. Chesterton

  • The germ of Byronism may be clearly detected already in the Wertherism of those times.

Word Origin and History for byronism



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