Definition of Alexandrian in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˌalɪgˈzɑːndrɪən


  • 1Relating to Alexandria in Egypt.
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    • The daughter of an English merchant based in Smyrna, she had married a rich Alexandrian merchant, later British Consul General in Egypt, and had travelled extensively in the Levant.
    • The minarets, columns, and pillars that make up the skyline are a mixture of recognizable Alexandrian landmarks and the Bellinis' own invention.
    • In Alexandrian courtrooms a defendant was permitted to speak for a certain regulated time.
  • 1.1Belonging to the schools of literature and philosophy of ancient Alexandria.
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    • First, in the Greek tradition, we nowhere find evidence of an Alexandrian philosopher named David; neither the Suda nor Hesychius nor Photius nor anyone else seems to know of any such person.
    • Philoponus never held the Alexandrian philosophy chair.
    • He felt that there were spiritual realities that needed to be asserted against the kind of fading dimensions of classicism and of the Alexandrian school of philosophers.
  • 1.2(Of a writer) derivative or imitative of previous writers and fond of obscure learning.
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    • Alexandrian poets write out of a library, the library of other poetry they carry in their heads, rather than out of a commemorative rural ethic or an aspiration towards the ‘permanently upright city’.

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