Gormenghastian

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Gormenghast +‎ -ian

Adjective[edit]

Gormenghastian (comparative more Gormenghastian, superlative most Gormenghastian)

  1. Resembling or pertaining to Gormenghast, an enormous sprawling Gothic castle mired in inexplicable traditions, introduced in a trilogy of novels by Mervyn Peake (1911-1968).
    • 1957, The National and English Review
      The setting, a Gormenghastian castle, is rich with expectancy, and so is quite a lot of the language []
    • 2006, Dana Facaros, Michael Pauls, Sardinia
      The rules and rites that have come down through time are followed with Gormenghastian rigour, even though the reasons for some bits have long been forgotten []
    • 2006, Django Wexler, Shinigami
      She'd been picturing some Gormenghastian monstrosity, a mass of dark stone and hulking, spiked towers.
    • 2007, Antonia Quirke, Choking on Marlon Brando
      Up and down the corridors, the dozen staircases, through the whole Gormenghastian maze.