Definition of Dickensian in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈkɛnzɪən/


Of or reminiscent of the novels of Charles Dickens, especially in suggesting the poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters that they portray: the backstreets of Dickensian London
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  • He said the reports were ‘shocking reading, with a catalogue of Dickensian conditions, overcrowding and completely inadequate facilities’.
  • At Greendale's chicken and egg factory, the employees' safety induction consisted of being told to read a training manual whose procedures bore absolutely no relation to the hazardous and Dickensian conditions on the shop floor.
  • ‘The prime minister will challenge the idea that Britain is some Dickensian society with no social protection,’ one Downing Street source yesterday.

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