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  • adj. Of or pertaining to William Makepeace Thackeray (1811–1863), English novelist and satirist.


Thackeray +‎ -an (Wiktionary)


  • There are, it will not surprise you, some honourable women and a few men who call you a cynic; who speak of “the withered world of Thackerayan satire;” who think your eyes were ever turned to the sordid aspects of life — to the mother-inlaw who threatens to “take away her silver bread-basket;” to the intriguer, the sneak, the termagant; to the Beckys, and Barnes Newcomes, and Mrs. Mackenzies of this world.

    Letters to Dead Authors

  • A series of episodes, they observe, supply the place of a plot in _The Recollections of Geoffry Hamlyn_; the central motive of _The Hillyars and the Burtons_ is an impossible story of a young woman's self-sacrifice; and the Thackerayan mannerisms in

    Australian Writers

  • Hooley_, an obtrusively Irish eccentricity of Thackerayan extraction,

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 101, December 5, 1891

  • In The Newcomes and its successors the old Thackerayan display seems essentially the same as ever, still the familiar, easy-going, intimate outpouring, with all the well-known inflexions of Thackeray's voice and the humours of his temperament; certainly Pendennis and Esmond and George Warrington and

    The Craft of Fiction

  • By this time his readers had become familiar with his machinery and his materials - his elbowing suffragettes, his tea-swilling London uplifters, his smattering of quasi-science, his intellectualized adulteries, his Thackerayan asides, his text-book paragraphs, his journalistic raciness - and all these things had thus begun to lose the blush of their first charm.

    Prejudices : first series,

  • Whether Davis could or would have written a novel of the higher rank is a useless question now; he himself, who was a critic of his own work without illusions or affectation, used to say that he could not; but it is certain that in the early part of "Captain Macklin" he displayed a power really Thackerayan in kind.

    Appreciations of Richard Harding Davis

  • I am thus digressing, in obsolete Thackerayan fashion, to twaddle about love-matches alone.

    The Cream of the Jest: A Comedy of Evasions

  • But relatively to the other Dickensian productions this book may be called Thackerayan.

    Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens

  • At no time could any books by Dickens have been called Thackerayan.

    Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens

  • But as long as the Thackerayan platform of gentility stood firm all this was, comparatively speaking, concealed.

    Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens

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