American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A royal German family that supplied rulers to a number of European states from the late Middle Ages until the 20th century. The Hapsburgs reached the height of their power under Charles V of Spain. When Charles abdicated (1558), the empire was divided between the Spanish and Austrian lines. The Spanish branch ceased to rule after 1700 and the Austrian branch after 1918.
- n. alternative spelling of Habsburg.
- n. a royal German family that provided rulers for several European states and wore the crown of the Holy Roman Empire from 1440 to 1806
“Mechanical humans, such as the automatic chess player designed in Hapsburg in the 1760s, captivated spectators as much as theatricalized bodies put on display by medicine.”
“When I finally finished, four years later, I remained based in Hapsburg-perfect Ljubljana while I took the resulting movie — called Predictions of Fire — to festivals all over the world.”
“But he couldn’t restore what had gone the way of powdered wigs and knee britches, nationalism and liberalism grew apace, and he died in despair as the revolution of 1848 booted a reactionary Hapsburg from the imperial throne and sat the more moderate Franz Josef thereon instead.”
“Thus, the house of Romanoff, although comparatively young, stands out to the mind with a sort of barbaric power, more vividly than the Austrian house of Hapsburg, which is the oldest reigning family in Europe, tracing its beginnings backward until they are lost in the Dark Ages.”
“The large lip of the House of Austria is seen in all the generations, and is called the Hapsburg lip.”
“I know, this smacks of incest, but we knew "when to say when" when it came to this most ancient and honorable of taboos, having been cautioned by our older sister of the "Hapsburg" lip — the product of inbreeding amoung the royal families of Europe.”
“Mark Anderson's brilliant examination of Kafka's complex relations to the important cultural trends of his own time and place, such as Hapsburg decadence, dandyism and changing social attitudes towards the body; or Karen”
“Early in the day Tegethoff started on his return voyage to Fasana, where he arrived in the evening, and found the ironclad "Hapsburg" waiting to join his flag, after having been refitted in the dockyard of Pola.”
“His aquiline features and dark colouring had formerly given him some claim to beauty, but now the heavy "Hapsburg" jaw began to show the settled obstinacy of a narrow nature.”
“Shot from a tram car about 1900, the films offer a virtual tour of the Ringstrasse in all its Hapsburg glory.”
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