from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Etherege, Sir George 1635?-1692? English playwright of the Restoration whose comedic works, such as She Would if She Could (1668), gave rise to the comedy of manners as a dramatic form.


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  • But still, as has ever been our wont since Etherege saw, and envied, and imitated your successes — still we pilfer the plays of France, and take our bien, as you said in your lordly manner, wherever we can find it.

    Letters to Dead Authors

  • The great Restoration comedies by Congreve, Etherege and Wycherly are rife with the word, as both noun and verb “to bubble” to cheat or to trick was common usage in England by 1675, when Wycherly wrote his salacious comedy, The Country Wife.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • “Or to have brought the matter before this Committee,” said Etherege.

    A Mind to Murder

  • The pathetic thing about it, thought Baguley, was that Etherege was sincere.

    A Mind to Murder

  • But something pretty dreadful has happened at the Steen and Etherege thought it better to say as little as possible.

    A Mind to Murder

  • Etherege is the natural choice of any defence counsel — if he can get him.

    A Mind to Murder

  • Etherege, Sedley, Wycherley, and Vanbrugh are very little read, and were pretty fellows in their day; I think they may be safely consulted, and rendered available.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, August 21, 1841

  • Gwynne, lost double the value of his brother's portion at one sitting to the chivalrous Grammont, wrote a comedy corrected by Etherege, and took

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 14, No. 379, July 4, 1829

  • Although she met with much ridicule at the Court of Charles the Second, being satirized particularly by the libertine poets Etherege and Sedley, the fulsome praise of men of considerable intellect was lavished upon her, and even the sedate and usually truthful Evelyn, after a lengthy enumeration of the great women of history, flattered her with the assurance that all of those summed up together only divided between them what she retained in one!

    The Dukeries

  • He witnessed some impudent comedies of Dryden, Etherege, and Sedley.

    Shakespeare and the Modern Stage with Other Essays


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