[jon-soh-nee-uh n]
  1. a person who writes in the Johnsonian style.
  2. a teacher or critic who specializes in the works of Samuel Johnson.

Origin of Johnsonian

First recorded in 1785–95; Johnson + -ian
Related formsJohn·so·ni·an·ism, nounJohn·so·ni·an·ly, adverbpost-John·so·ni·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Samuel Johnson, his works, or his style of writing
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