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  • adjective Of or pertaining to the Roman emperor Nero, notorious for debauchery and barbarous cruelty.

Etymologies

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From Latin Nerōniānus.

Examples

  • This period falls into three subdivisions; (1) poets of the Augustan age; (2) those of what may roughly be called the Neronian age, about the middle of the first century; and (3) those of the brief and partial renascence of art and letters under Hadrian, which, before the accession of Commodus, had again sunk away, leaving a period of some centuries almost wholly without either, but for the beginnings of

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  • But the fact of this Taube having accomplished such a raid with the sole design of bombarding a cathedral in a peaceful city, 100 kilometres off from the military operations -- is it not the most patent and evident demonstration of the kind of Neronian dilettantism which, along with calculation, inspires the crimes of the barbarians?

    New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 5, August, 1915

  • The ballroom at Government House is truly impressive, the most Neronian gesture in a great house which, since the 1870s, has trumpeted the colossal wealth and even greater pride of colonial Victoria.

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  • These gestures are as insistently Neronian as the genocide was evidently accomplished in short order.

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  • These gestures are as insistently Neronian as the genocide was evidently accomplished in short order.

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  • I can still see his large, Neronian head just rising above the floor: his feet had refused to carry him to the top of the staircase and into the pestilential room.

    Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man’s Smile

  • There was something absurd about his carefully arranged Neronian curls, but something magnificent about his bearing.

    Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man’s Smile

  • I can still see his large, Neronian head just rising above the floor: his feet had refused to carry him to the top of the staircase and into the pestilential room.

    Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man’s Smile

  • I can still see his large, Neronian head just rising above the floor: his feet had refused to carry him to the top of the staircase and into the pestilential room.

    Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man’s Smile

  • There was something absurd about his carefully arranged Neronian curls, but something magnificent about his bearing.

    Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man’s Smile

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