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  • adj. Of or pertaining to Dante Alighieri (1265?-1321), a celebrated Florentine poet of the Middle Ages, or his writings.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating to, emanating from or resembling, the poet Dante or his writings.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as Dantesque.
  • n. A student of Dante.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to Dante Alighieri or his writings


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Dante +‎ -ian


  • Charlie Brown called it decades ago: post-modern life has a way of quickly converting good tidings and joy into debilitating stress, a tad too much togetherness, and feral consumerism that invariably leads to the Dantean experience of endlessly circling jam-packed mall parking lots.

    PHOTOS: Keep Calm, Carry On: 12 Spots To De-Stress In LA

  • We were astride the caldera rim, 2911 meters above the sea, 200 meters above a Dantean crater we couldn't see.

    Richard Bangs: Climbing the Killer Prince -- Merapi Volcano of Java, Part 1

  • It is nothing but an Dantean existential nightmare.

    Why Sister Aloysius "Doubts"

  • Douglas Dunn employs terza rima, the Dantean innovation, to hold the formal mastery and the still raw emotion in suspension, and ends his summons with a dawning exclamation.

    Great Regulars: But the wind is felt in the present;

  • Though if you want to go all Dantean, there ARE spots in hell that are hot and others that are cold!


  • If i'm right in supposing that the gods gave us language, as a special gift - then one's attitude, when writing, should be 'this i do for the greater glory of god' - and this for the jeu d'esprit, for Wodehouse-like buffoonery, as much as for Dantean penetration.

    Careers in criticism

  • Certainly the poem `Hell' from Dikter 1916 concerns this Dantean vision of the sanatorium.

    Edith Södergran: a biographical profile - 4

  • He does not on this occasion speak - though he has written about them - of Charles Williams's peculiar mingling of piety and concupiscence, and Dantean crushes - sometimes out of control - on office secretaries at the Oxford University Press.

    Where Rowan Williams meets Dostoevsky - The Telegraph

  • Children are not usually terrified at Catechism with graphic Dantean visions of damnation and eternal torment, and admonitions of Hell are not normally used to brow-beat children into obedience.

    Critics in the Post Wedge World

  • Not to mention targets such as French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Canada Revenue and cyclists, among many, many others – a Dantean litany of modern-day horrors, so to speak.

    Return to the Range


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