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Shakespeare, William Syllabification: Shake·speare, William
Pronunciation: /ˈSHākˌspi(ə)r/

Definition of Shakespeare, William in English:

( 1564–1616), English playwright. His plays are written mostly in blank verse and include comedies, historical plays, the Greek and Roman plays, enigmatic comedies, the great tragedies, and the group of tragicomedies with which he ended his career. He also wrote more than 150 sonnets, which were published in 1609, as well as narrative poems.



Pronunciation: /SHākˈspirēən/
(also Shakespearian) noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • A recent Polish stage version turned the story into doom-laden Shakespearean tragedy.
  • As in true Shakespearean fashion, the tragedy ends in a sea of bloodshed and tears.
  • The rationale for the over-the-top mis-emphasis is clearly that the stage and auditorium are large, needing to be filled, and that the audience is liable to be unversed in Shakespearian language.

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