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  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or in the style of Dante; characterized by a formal, elevated tone and somber focus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Dantelike; Dantean.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the characteristics of the poet Dante or his works; resembling Dante or his style; more especially, characterized by a lofty and impressive sublimity, with profound sadness. Also Dantean.

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


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Dante +‎ -esque


  • The urgency does not flow from a burning desire to avert cataclysmic climate change, since the negotiators know full well that the paltry emissions cuts they are proposing are a guarantee that temperatures will rise a "Dantesque" 3. 9C, as Bill McKibben puts it.

  • And his Dantesque face and poet's soul singing his chant of the flesh, the very priest of Love?


  • It is music of drastic intellectuality, clothed in a Dantesque drama.

    Radical Romanticism

  • Zavala, the national fire chief, said the blaze was of "Dantesque proportions."

    Fire kills 27 at drug rehabilitation centre in Peru

  • Score-settling, resentment, laziness, schadenfreude, envy, sadism, wrath, gloom, betrayal, hypocrisy — these Dantesque transgressions often take hold and lead critical prose to places that hard fact and solid argument alone simply do not travel.

    Sunday Salon: Negative Reviews, nasty Responses

  • The Dantesque treatments of bloodletting, mercury, and cauterizing his penis with red-hot wire had not given him relief, but he continued them as an act of contrition.

    'Island Beneath the Sea'

  • When they rolled up, we drove into the Dantesque scene of men with welding helmets, torches, saws, mallets, and spray paint equipment.

    Haunted Honeymoon

  • Though a factory worker, Tsuchikura made a Dantesque comparison.


  • More than once I sat quietly in our playroom listening while Ladd described to Dad the Dantesque inferno developing in Vietnam.

    Going Home to Glory

  • He tells the story of one Marvin Fiske and his "Dantesque face and poet's soul, singing his chant of the flesh, the very priest of Love", and Ethel Baird, "Holy as Love, and sweeter! ... drenched through with holiness as your own air here is with the perfume of flowers" and how this pair married, and after he died how she "took the veil, buried herself in that dolorous convent of the living dead."

    “I ain't never goin' to work again. . . . I'm plum tired out.”


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