Definition of Wilde, Oscar in English:
( 1854–1900), Irish dramatist, novelist, poet, and wit; full name Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde. His advocacy of ‘art for art’s sake’ is evident in his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). As a dramatist he achieved success with the comedies Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892) and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). Wilde was imprisoned (1895-7) for homosexual offences and died in exile.
- Example sentences
- What we get instead is the darkest of comedies, overlaid with some perfect Wildean ennui, decadent malaise and moral putrefaction.
- One might also carp that Wildean aphorisms sit more comfortably on stage than on the big screen.
- Fresh of face and louche of manner, they are equal parts Dickensian urchins and Wildean dandies.
Definition of Wilde, Oscar in:
- US English dictionary
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the US
Most popular in the UK
Most popular in Canada
Most popular in Australia
Most popular in Pakistan