Definition of Erewhonian in English:


Line breaks: Ere¦whon|ian
Pronunciation: /ɛrɪˈwəʊnɪən


  • Relating to or characteristic of the book Erewhon (1872) by Samuel Butler or the utopia it describes: the views of an Erewhonian prophet concerning the rights of animals
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    • The great danger, warned an Erewhonian radical, was not so much the existing machines as the runaway speed at which they were evolving.
    • He finally makes his escape by means of a balloon, in which he carries off a lovely Erewhonian maiden.
    • However, the focus of the book is England — which he satirised through his description of Erewhonian society.


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  • An inhabitant of Erewhon: his Erewhonians destroy most of their machines to preserve their humanity
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    • He takes a liking to the jailer's young daughter Yram with whom he converses and from whom he learns about the culture of Erewhonians.
    • Erewhon, set in a thinly disguised New Zealand, ended with the escape of its protagonist from the native Erewhonians by balloon.
    • For instance, the Erewhonians' birth mythology accounts for unconscious memories lingering within a person.


late 19th century: from the title of Erewhon (a partial reversal of Nowhere) + -ian.

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