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  • adj. Of or relating to Robert Walpole (1676–1745), British statesman generally regarded as having been the first British prime minister.

Etymologies

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Walpole +‎ -an

Examples

  • In addition to scurrilous insinuation about his tax status and the fact that he has spent Walpolean sums on campaigning in Richmond, Paul Waugh breaks the news that the Electoral Commission intends to investigate an allegedly impermissible donation Zac made to the Conservatives.

    Gordon Brown, Charlie Whelan and Me

  • Caroline's marriage is depicted in the Walpolean terms that Caroline herself viewed her marital relations with George.

    Framing Romantic Dress: Mary Robinson, Princess Caroline and the Sex/Text

  • A tendency to talk Walpolean scandal about foreign courts was particularly manifest.

    The Hand of Ethelberta

  • Walpolean system implied some very serious conditions, and the cry against corruption, in which nearly all the leading writers of the time joined, had a very serious significance in literature and in the growth of public opinion.

    English Literature and Society in the Eighteenth Century

  • Through him and through American influence upon him, the sordid policy of the Walpolean Whigs became a philosophy, and a combination of expedients was changed into a system of general principles.

    Lectures on Modern history

  • The Walpolean Gothic tradition, as read by critics such as Jerrold Hogle, may be taken as a decisive early manifestation of Western culture’s processing of itself as technoculture, as an era of mechanical replication: it is the Gothic’s "ungrounded fakery," Hogle writes, "its re-presentation of antiquated symbols largely emptied of their older meanings, that opens up a peculiar cultural space in which the horrors generated by early modern cultural changes.

    _Frankenstein_'s Cinematic Dream

  • Walpolean battles, "on nights when Onslow was in the chair seventeen hours without intermission, when the thick ranks on both sides kept unbroken order till long after the winter sun had risen upon them, when the blind were led out by the hand into the lobby and the paralytic laid down in their bedclothes on the benches.

    Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)

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