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Dantean Syllabification: Dan·te·an
Pronunciation: /ˈdäntēən/

Definition of Dantean in English:


Of or reminiscent of the poetry of Dante, especially in invoking his vision of hell in The Divine Comedy.
Example sentences
  • To my knowledge, Grimus is the first and last work by Rushdie to consider Dantean transcendence as the goal of the descent to hell.
  • In Farewell China, the migration process is depicted as a Dantean descent into Hell, and the journey is so harrowing that Law's message is somewhat lost.
  • Like Eliot, she draws on Dantean imagery to suggest the netherworld.


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An admirer or student of Dante or his writing.
Example sentences
  • I did not ‘endorse’ Gombrowicz, I said that his essay on the Inferno would anger Danteans and was worth reading along with Beckett's ‘Dante and the Lobster’.
  • Its funny how many Danteans still do not get beyond the Inferno.
  • There is a great school of modern Danteans, not only critical but imaginative writers - G. K. Chesterton, T. S. Eliot, C. S. Lewis, Dorothy Sayers, and Charles Williams - who have helped us recover not only Dante's vision of God, but this existential realism.

Words that rhyme with Dantean

Atlantean, Kantian
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