Shavian

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Latin Shavi(us) +‎ -an (Latinised form of Shaw), named after George Bernard Shaw.

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Shavian (not comparable)

  1. Of or relating to George Bernard Shaw or his works.
    • 1998, Christopher Innes, The Cambridge Companion to George Bernard Shaw, Cambridge University Press (→ISBN), page 156:
      Possibly more than any other Shavian character, Undershaft engenders critical disagreement and discussion, even among the other characters in the play who call him “wicked” and “immoral” and refer to him in Devilish terms such as “Mephistoles” and “The Prince of Darkness”.
  2. Of or relating to the Shavian alphabet.
    • 2011, C.M. Millward, Mary Hayes, A Biography of the English Language, Cengage Learning (→ISBN), page 297:
      As late as the 1960s, Shaw's own Androcles and the Lion was published in his revised alphabet—but the fact that few people have even heard of the Shavian spelling reform shows how futile the effort has been.

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Shavian (plural Shavians)

  1. An admirer of Shaw, or an advocate of his ideas.

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