Johnsonian

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Johnson +‎ -ian

Adjective[edit]

Johnsonian (comparative more Johnsonian, superlative most Johnsonian)

  1. Of or pertaining to Samuel Johnson (1709–1784), English writer and lexicographer.
    • 1853, Elizabeth Gaskell, Cranford, Chapter 5,[1]
      With my idea of the rector derived from a picture in the dining-parlour, stiff and stately [] —it was strange to read these letters. They were full of eager, passionate ardour; short homely sentences, right fresh from the heart (very different from the grand Latinised, Johnsonian style of the printed sermon preached before some judge at assize time).