Definitions

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  • adjective Suggesting or pertaining to Shelley's Ozymandias, a proud king whose empire and memory have long since crumbled into obscurity.

Etymologies

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Ozymandias +‎ -ian

Examples

  • The episode "Ozymandian" was written by George, while he acted as "executive story consultant" on "Nor Iron Bars a Cage."

    Who are you most looking forward to seeing?

  • Lots of pictures of Ozymandian Detroit around this weekend, from Time to Flickr.

    The End of Detroit and A Short History of America « Gerry Canavan

  • It is difficult not to get an Ozymandian feeling when Mr. Ostler invites us consider the fate of these and other languages, from Akkadian to Sogdian, and then to contemplate the fate of English.

    Back to Babel

  • The Ozymandian statue will be inscribed, not “Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!” but “Gordon Brown - what were we thinking of?”.

    Quote of the day

  • The Ozymandian statue will be inscribed, not “Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!” but “Gordon Brown - what were we thinking of?”.

    Gordon Brown, Charlie Whelan and Me

  • There were the ruins of the harbor monument, built by Antony and visited by St. Paul, that stood now as a Ozymandian pillar in a sad, watery pond.

    Miletos Tristesse

  • There were the ruins of the harbor monument, built by Antony and visited by St. Paul, that stood now as a Ozymandian pillar in a sad, watery pond.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • Cash treats the song (which I'm only vaguely familiar with in its NINcarnation as a moaning anti-drug plaint about waste) as a kind of dirgelike meditation on the last, dying embers of life; the video shows archival footage of the Man In Black contrasted with the Dying King of today, surrounded by the wrack of the flood-ravaged (although the video brilliantly implies tragic, Ozymandian neglect) Cash Museum in Nashville.

    Kenneth Hite's Journal

  • What survives of these suggests skilled command of technical drawing - whether by him or by assistants - and this discipline informs and controls his Ozymandian buildings and their perspectives; indeed, to The Fall of Babylon, which I had not seen before, my immediate reaction was that it might be an ideal sewage plant connected with his Metropolitan Sewage Manure Company.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • Visiting Camp Bastion, an Ozymandian citadel that has sprung from the Afghan desert, he said the goal was not to create a "perfect country", but an Afghanistan able to secure itself and deny terrorists a safe haven.

    The Economist: Daily news and views

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