Definition of Horatian in English:


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Pronunciation: /həˈreɪʃ(ə)n
, -ʃɪən/


  • 1Relating to the Roman poet Horace or his work.
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    • The reader will meet a veritable galaxy of rakes, atheistic clergy, philanthropic snobs, scholars, apothecaries and antiquarians in this elegant, witty, informative and, in true Horatian style, entertaining book.
    • One reason I've only just found the time to jump in here with some Horatian glossing is that I've spent much of the last five weeks directing a version of A Christmas Carol with sixty ten- and eleven-year-olds in Paddington.
    • The Horatian quote appears also in the new edition, but sharp-eyed readers will observe an emendation: the seventh word, very, has now been removed.
  • 1.1Denoting an ode of several stanzas each with the same metrical pattern.
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    • In a conventional Horatian ode, the next stanza would present the Stoic alternative.
    • At the end of the workshop, he wrote a poem for us: ‘A Horatian Ode and Prayer at the End of Summer to My Buffalo Friends.’
    • Unlike Pindarics, the Horatian ode (named after Horace) tends to be meditative, tranquil, and colloquial.

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