Definition of Wagnerian in English:

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Pronunciation: /vɑːɡˈnɪərɪən/
Pronunciation: /väɡˈnirēən/


1Relating to or characteristic of the operas of Richard Wagner: arduous Wagnerian roles
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  • The composer has mastered completely the art of the Wagnerian leitmotif.
  • Overnight she became the pre-eminent Wagnerian soprano of her generation.
  • The professor's passion was Wagnerian operas.
1.1Having the enormous dramatic scale and intensity of a Wagner opera: a strategic predicament of positively Wagnerian proportions
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  • The Wagnerian drama then unfolded: the market crashed, and the car industry collapsed.
  • He was literally larger than life and had an impossibly dramatic Wagnerian voice.
  • This shows philistinism on a Wagnerian scale.


1An admirer of the German composer Richard Wagner or his music: I’m attacked by the Wagnerians who think I am dragging him through the mud
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  • He was well read and well versed in music—something of a Wagnerian—but he didn't throw his cultural weight about, preferring to gently prod the conversation.
  • King Ludwig II of Bavaria built him a home and theatre at Bayreuth, which is still a pilgrimage point for Wagnerians today.
  • We have a lot of grass-roots support for the project from dedicated Wagnerians.
1.1A performer of the music of the German composer Richard Wagner: how she will develop as a Wagnerian remains to be seen
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  • How she will develop as a Wagnerian remains to be seen.
  • His Wotan proves him one of the great Wagnerians of our time.
  • Whatever his weaknesses, he is among the finest living Wagnerians.

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Syllabification: Wag·ne·ri·an

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