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  • adjective Of or pertaining to Titus Lucretius Carus (ca. 99 BC-ca. 55 BC), Roman poet and philosopher.

Etymologies

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Lucretius +‎ -an

Examples

  • We look back upon those side-rending moments with a kind of Lucretian pleasure, and indemnify ourselves for past constraint by a hearty guffaw.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 378, April, 1847

  • Brackett gives us a sketch of the Lucretian notion of how the ennui of long-standing security makes the beneficiaries of earlier demonic banishments vulnerable to cultic revival.

    Archive 2010-03-01

  • The cult thus corresponds to a Lucretian lapsus in antiquas religiones.

    Archive 2010-03-01

  • Specifically, it was the materialist argument against Providence and Predestination – that Lucretian swerve of Free Will – which were at the heart of her Puritanism.

    The Nose Knows : A.E. Stallings : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

  • I read Lucretius in college (in translation of course — I had two years of Greek, but no Latin, to my everlasting regret!) and remember only “the Lucretian swerve.”

    The Nose Knows : A.E. Stallings : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

  • Vico's earliest publications were in poetry rather than philosophy-the Lucretian poem "Affetti di un disperato" ( "The Feelings of One in Despair") (composed in 1692) and "Canzone in morte di Antonio" ( "Ode on the Death of Antonio Carafa") both published in 1693.

    Giambattista Vico

  • Though he disagreed with the Lucretian/Epicuran idea that matter is governed by "blind chance" rather than binding

    Introduction

  • Although modern readers will find the details of this physiology hopelessly outdated, they can usefully replace Lucretian

    Lucretius

  • A tubercular, bitter personality and yet a sublime visionary, Ibn Gabirol can be thought of as a Hebrew Leopardi, though a Leopardi who is a Yahwistic theist rather than a Lucretian nihilist.

    The Lost Jewish Culture

  • It is as though Walt Whitman, Lucretian and self-reliant, were to be indistinguishable from T.S. Eliot, self-proclaimed royalist, Anglo-Catholic, and classicist.

    The Lost Jewish Culture

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