Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Dantelike; Dantean.

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

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  • adjective of or relating to Dante Alighieri or his writings

Etymologies

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Dante +‎ -esque

Examples

  • 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.

    Countercurrents.org

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

    Fire kills 27 at drug rehabilitation centre in Peru

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

    WHEN GOD LAUGHS

  • 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

  • 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.

    2009 July 19 | NIGEL BEALE NOTA BENE BOOKS

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

    Radical Romanticism

  • 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.

    Whirlwind

  • 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

  • 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'

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