Definitions

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to the House of Borgia, a Valencian-Italian noble family who became prominent during the Renaissance.

Etymologies

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Borgia +‎ -ian

Examples

  • Actually, now that I think about it, it would have a certain Borgian quality if the podcast about the Irish Blog Awards won the Irish Blog Award for Best Podcast.

    Letter to America

  • They became part of the dream life of America in the mid-century: it seems peculiarly appropriate that, toward the close of the Democratic convention in Los Angeles in 1960, the old briny Irish-Borgian patriarch of the line, Joe Kennedy, would have emerged from the front portal of Marion Davies's Beverly Hills palace and stood there in a lambent Hollywood sundown to receive his son Jack just after his nomination for president.

    ABC Soup

  • The library is extensive, and contains some rare works on theology and canon law; and in the Borgian

    Roman Mosaics Or, Studies in Rome and Its Neighbourhood

  • Torch-scarred walls and worm-tunnelled furniture whispered their secrets to him, rusty daggers confessed their bloody histories, and a vial still bearing ghastly frost of Borgian _contarella_ spoke of

    The Orchard of Tears

  • It may not be true to the Richard of history, but it is very true to crime, and to the historical criminal of the Borgian or Prussian type, in which fraud and violence are made part of a deliberate system of so-called statecraft.

    A Book of Remarkable Criminals

  • The poor fauns and dryads of the free ancient world hesitate trembling and frightened on the very threshold of their liberty when this great Zarathustra offers them a choice between frozen Alpine peaks of heroic desolation and bloodstained jungles frequented by Borgian tigers.

    Suspended Judgments Essays on Books and Sensations

  • Why is it precisely this Borgian type, this Renaissance type, among the world's various Lust-Darlings that he chooses to select?

    Visions and Revisions A Book of Literary Devotions

  • However, the tyrants who were expelled never returned, whilst the Borgian dynasty came to a speedy end in the pontificate of Julius II.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

  • The author identifies the fragments scattered throughout Europe which belonged once to the same codices as the thirty-two Borgian fragments.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 16 [Supplement]

  • British Manuscript papyrus (sixth or seventh century) and two fragments of a manuscript on parchment (tenth century) preserved in the Borgian collection (Naples) and the Rainer collection (Vienna), in Riedel and Crum's "Canons of Athanasius of Alexandria", London,

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Diocese-Fathers of Mercy

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