Definition of anacreontic in English:


Syllabification: a·nac·re·on·tic
Pronunciation: /əˌnakrēˈäntik
(also Anacreontic)


  • (Of a poem) composed in the manner of the Greek poet Anacreon, known for his lyrics praising wine, women, and song.
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    • As her title makes clear, she aims not only to examine the anacreontic corpus, but to illuminate its particular mode of imitation.
    • Anacreontic poetry is a specifically eighteenth-century type of literature, and appeals as little as the fable to modern tastes.
    • The second memoir is on Anacreontic poetry, and is of less importance.


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  • An anacreontic poem.
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    • But he is not interested in anacreontics or in forming a concrete universal of his angst.
    • The ability to use wine in a moderate and convivial fashion for inspiration is the topic of his anacreontics.


early 17th century (as an adjective): from late Latin anacreonticus, from Greek Anakreōn (see Anacreon).

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