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Dickens +‎ -ian



Dickensian (comparative more Dickensian, superlative most Dickensian)

  1. Of or pertaining to Charles Dickens or, especially, his writings.
  2. Reminiscent of the environments and situations most commonly portrayed in Dickens' writings, such as poverty and social injustice and other aspects of Victorian England.
    • 1987, Cecil D Eby, The road to Armageddon:
      As though in expiation of their sires' wealth, schoolboys often had to live in conditions that would have disgraced a Dickensian workhouse.
    • 2001, Tim Moore, Frost on My Moustache: The Arctic Exploits of a Lord and a Loafer:
      By the time I pressed a huge and over-polished brass bell I'd devolved into a shifty-eyed, cinder-cheeked Dickensian urchin...
    • 2004, William Sloane Coffin, A Passion for the Possible: A Message to U.S. Churches
      ...a Dickensian world of wretched excess and wretched despair...



Dickensian (plural Dickensians)

  1. A person who studies or admires the works of Charles Dickens.