Parnassian

[ pahr-nas-ee-uh n ]
/ pɑrˈnæs i ən /
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adjective

pertaining to Mount Parnassus.
pertaining to poetry.
of, relating to, or noting a school of French poets of the latter half of the 19th century, characterized chiefly by a belief in art for art's sake, by an emphasis on metrical form, and by the repression of emotive elements: so called from Le Parnasse Contemporain, the title of their first collection of poems, published in 1866.

noun

a member of the Parnassian school of French poets.

Origin of Parnassian

1635–45; < Latin Parnassi(us) of Parnassus + -an

Related formsPar·nas·si·an·ism, Par·nas·sism, noun

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Parnassian

1
/ (pɑːˈnæsɪən) /

adjective

of or relating to Mount Parnassus or poetry

Parnassian

2
/ (pɑːˈnæsɪən) /

noun

one of a school of French poets of the late 19th century who wrote verse that emphasized metrical form and restricted emotion

adjective

of or relating to the Parnassians or their poetry
Derived FormsParnassianism or Parnassism, noun

Word Origin for Parnassian

C19: from French parnassien, from Parnasse Parnassus; from Le Parnasse contemporain, title of an anthology produced by these poets

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