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- adj. Of or pertaining to Dante Alighieri (1265?-1321), a celebrated Florentine poet of the Middle Ages, or his writings.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Relating to, emanating from or resembling, the poet Dante or his writings.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as Dantesque.
- n. A student of Dante.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to Dante Alighieri or his writings
Charlie Brown called it decades ago: post-modern life has a way of quickly converting good tidings and joy into debilitating stress, a tad too much togetherness, and feral consumerism that invariably leads to the Dantean experience of endlessly circling jam-packed mall parking lots.
We were astride the caldera rim, 2911 meters above the sea, 200 meters above a Dantean crater we couldn't see.
It is nothing but an Dantean existential nightmare.
Douglas Dunn employs terza rima, the Dantean innovation, to hold the formal mastery and the still raw emotion in suspension, and ends his summons with a dawning exclamation.
Though if you want to go all Dantean, there ARE spots in hell that are hot and others that are cold!
If i'm right in supposing that the gods gave us language, as a special gift - then one's attitude, when writing, should be 'this i do for the greater glory of god' - and this for the jeu d'esprit, for Wodehouse-like buffoonery, as much as for Dantean penetration.
Certainly the poem `Hell' from Dikter 1916 concerns this Dantean vision of the sanatorium.
He does not on this occasion speak - though he has written about them - of Charles Williams's peculiar mingling of piety and concupiscence, and Dantean crushes - sometimes out of control - on office secretaries at the Oxford University Press.
Children are not usually terrified at Catechism with graphic Dantean visions of damnation and eternal torment, and admonitions of Hell are not normally used to brow-beat children into obedience.
Not to mention targets such as French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Canada Revenue and cyclists, among many, many others – a Dantean litany of modern-day horrors, so to speak.
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