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[kon-greev, kong-]
  1. William,1670–1729, English dramatist.
  2. Sir William,1772–1828, English engineer and inventor.
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Related Words for congreve

Congreve, fusee, locofoco, Vesta, vesuvian

Examples from the Web for congreve

Historical Examples of congreve

  • Congreve, when he wrote Incognita , took the drama as his model.

    Clarissa: Preface, Hints of Prefaces, and Postscript

    Samuel Richardson

  • For both Wycherley and Vanbrugh are playwrights, and Congreve is not.

    Views and Reviews

    William Ernest Henley

  • Dryden and Congreve, however, appear to have been addicted to the pleasant pastime.

  • Lyly, Congreve, Sheridan, were all men of fashion first and writers of comedy after.

    John Lyly

    John Dover Wilson

  • Congreve's Amendment of Collier's false and imperfect Citations.

British Dictionary definitions for congreve


  1. William. 1670–1729, English dramatist, a major exponent of Restoration comedy; author of Love for Love (1695) and The Way of the World (1700)
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Word Origin and History for congreve


in reference to rockets or matches, from Sir William Congreve (1772-1828).

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