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Shavian Line breaks: Sha|vian
Pronunciation: /ˈʃeɪvɪən/

Definition of Shavian in English:


Relating to or in the manner of George Bernard Shaw or his writings or ideas: their ceaseless flow of Shavian chatter
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  • The hero of a nineteenth-century social novel, or of a Shavian play of ideas, might well be its author's mouthpiece, but the hero would also achieve victory within the work itself.
  • But, in addition to familiar Shavian reversal, the play also offers a testament to the power of faith - the willingness of the heroine, Lavinia, to sacrifice herself for God is a metaphor for Shaw's belief in socialism and the life force.
  • It is conceivable that Douglas was the prototype for the part when the play was written, in 1894, a piece of Shavian mischievousness which would have had to have been concealed from the censor and public at the time of the production, in 1904.


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An admirer of Shaw or his work.
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  • Stoppard is a residualist romantic rather than a latter-day Shavian; his play is best in tracing the collapse of a dysfunctional marriage and the incremental humiliation of its hero.
  • The Devil, of course, defends those hedonistic amenities, whereas Juan, a true Shavian, wants none of them and heads for a thinker's Heaven.


From Shavius (Latinized form of Shaw) + -an.

Words that rhyme with Shavian

avian, Batavian, Flavian, Moldavian, Moravian, Octavian, Scandinavian

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