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  • adj. Of or pertaining to Aristophanes (ca. 446—ca. 386 BC), son of Philippus, an acclaimed playwright of ancient Athens, or his works, typified by comic satire.


Aristophanes +‎ -an (Wiktionary)


  • But he quotes them with a malicious partiality: for he cuts off the first syllable of the first word in a sentence, and annexes to the last word the first syllable of the following sentence; and thus he forms what is called an _Aristophanean_ anapest, which it is neither possible nor necessary to avoid entirely.

    Cicero's Brutus or History of Famous Orators; also His Orator, or Accomplished Speaker.

  • "I've got half a dozen reports to sign out within the next -" he checked his watch with an Aristophanean flourish, "hour and a half.

    The I Inside


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