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[jon-soh-nee-uh n]
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Samuel Johnson or his works.
  2. having the quality of Johnsonese.
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  1. a person who writes in the Johnsonian style.
  2. a teacher or critic who specializes in the works of Samuel Johnson.
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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
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Historical Examples of johnsonian

  • And here is yet another point of the likeness to the Johnsonian coterie.

    Pickwickian Studies

    Percy Fitzgerald

  • He is severe in judgment and spells rigidly by the Johnsonian standard.

    Campaigns of a Non-Combatant,

    George Alfred Townsend

  • I think, sir,' in a Johnsonian manner, 'the thought is a happy one.'

    Madame Midas

    Fergus Hume

  • The tone in which the Johnsonian "Sir" was let off, left no doubt of it.

  • They were what may be called a "clubable race," to borrow a Johnsonian expression.

British Dictionary definitions for johnsonian


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