Definition of Erewhonian in English:

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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 first 43 pages move the narrator from his life as a New Zealand shepherd across the mountains to the hidden Erewhonian civilization.
  • According to Erewhonian law, offenders are treated as if they were ill whilst ill people are looked upon as criminals.
  • However, the focus of the book is England — which he satirised through his description of Erewhonian society.


An inhabitant of Erewhon: his Erewhonians destroy most of their machines to preserve their humanity
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  • To talk about the continued relevance of the book can pick you out as a modern Erewhonian.
  • Why do the Erewhonians approach death without excessive disappointment?
  • 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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