/ dɪˈkɛnzɪən /


  1. of Charles Dickens or his works
  2. resembling or suggestive of conditions described in Dickens' novels, esp
    1. squalid and poverty-stricken

      working conditions were truly Dickensian

    2. characterized by jollity and conviviality

      a Dickensian scene round the Christmas tree

  3. grotesquely comic, as some of the characters of Dickens

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Example Sentences

Despite a difficult upbringing, Moran avoids depressing and Dickensian-ish themes.

Musician and civil rights legend Harry Belafonte decried “our deeply Dickensian justice system.”

We locked the gate behind us, opening it only to use the bathroom in the Dickensian Fire Station across the street.

The passages about the poor and criminal sections of the city are very … Dickensian.

Willimon felt that Frank Underwood as a name “felt Dickensian and more legitimately American” than Francis Urquhart.

Yes, the very poor have always a certain rude, Dickensian, good nature.

God forbid that any one (especially any Dickensian) should dilute or discourage the great efforts towards social improvement.

But relatively to the other Dickensian productions this book may be called Thackerayan.

It is true that in this, as in other things, the Dickensian exaggeration is itself exaggerated.

Turnbull comes out, there is a scuffle, and both are arrested and taken before a Dickensian magistrate.


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