Definition of Victorian in English:


Line breaks: Vic¦tor|ian
Pronunciation: /vɪkˈtɔːrɪən


  • 1Relating to the reign of Queen Victoria: a Victorian house
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    • The Little Brown book provides a fascinating study of life in Victorian times, its attitudes, squalor and suffering.
    • It is a place of prostitution and opium, and a home to the many hapless children orphaned by the double standards of Victorian society.
    • Lord Arthur Savile is a young, privileged pillar of Victorian society whose wedding day is soon approaching.
  • 1.1Relating to the attitudes and values of society during Queen Victoria’s reign, regarded as characterized especially by prudishness and a high moral tone: a return to Victorian values
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    • Gone are the pompous, moralistic tomes full of Victorian values and happy endings.
    • I think they want to replace sex education with dark, Victorian values.
    • This was a vote for old-fashioned Victorian values, a belief in patriotism, the family, church and public service.


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  • A person who lived during the Victorian period: the Victorians had a passion for documenting, cataloguing and classifying the world around them
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    • Measure for Measure disgusted the Victorians, but appealed to 20th-century audiences.
    • At best Victorians could float, dog-paddle, or thrash about a bit.
    • One might say that the Victorians are not so much the origin of our present as we are a continuation of theirs.



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  • Forster's early works reflect the trend of turn-of-the-century British writers to diverge from Victorianism.
  • The reason is only marginally related to the general pejorative connotation that Victorianism carries.
  • Both found a spiritual home in the stuffy, provincial atmosphere of colonial Victorianism.

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