[ dan-tesk ]

  1. in the style of Dante; characterized by impressive elevation of style with deep solemnity or somberness of feeling.

Origin of Dantesque

1825–35; Dant(e) + -esque; compare French dantesque,Italian dantesco

Other words from Dantesque

  • pseu·do-Dan·tesque, adjective

Words Nearby Dantesque

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How to use Dantesque in a sentence

  • It has been called a weird Dantesque funeral-march over the whole heathen world; but it is more than that.

    The Prophet Ezekiel | Arno C. Gaebelein
  • In the eighty-acre horse pasture the pony with the Dantesque face grew fat and almost smiling.

    Sixes and Sevens | O. Henry
  • If you object to my phrase, please to observe that it is Dantesque—which will oblige you to find it admirable.

  • Some day he will rediscover the Dantesque hierarchy of souls implicit in humanity.

  • Distinctly Dantesque was the gulf between the huge mountain sides which threatened every moment to fall.