Wagnerian

[ vahg-neer-ee-uhn ]
/ vɑgˈnɪər i ən /

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of Richard Wagner or his works: Wagnerian grandeur; a Wagnerian soprano.

noun

Also Wag·ner·ite [vahg-nuh-rahyt]. /ˈvɑg nəˌraɪt/. a follower or admirer of the music or theories of Richard Wagner.

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Origin of Wagnerian

First recorded in 1870–75; Wagner + -ian
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British Dictionary definitions for Wagnerian

Wagnerian
/ (vɑːɡˈnɪərɪən) /

adjective

of or suggestive of the dramatic musical compositions of Richard Wagner, their massive scale, dramatic and emotional intensity, etc
denoting or relating to a singer who has a voice suitable for singing Wagner
of or relating to a big, powerful, or domineering womana Wagnerian maiden

noun Also: Wagnerite

a follower or disciple of the music or theories of Richard Wagner
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