Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In chem., derived from the hyena.
  • Like a hyena; having the character of a hyena. Also spelled hyænic.

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Examples

  • You knew that this poor, unfortunate devil of a Harman was tied to that hyenic prowler yonder who means to fatten on him, and will never release him; you knew that.

    The Guest of Quesnay

  • Inasmuch as each of the impersonations relied on the amplification of feminine traits—Poehler/Couric’s heavily mascara’d and incessant blinking, Poehler/Hillary’s hyenic laugh, Fey/Palin’s sexy librarianism—in ways that might indeed be sexist or reductive, those characteristics were ripe for amplification only because the objects of political and media parody had high-pitched laughs and wore mascara and pencil skirts.

    Big Girls Don’t Cry

  • Inasmuch as each of the impersonations relied on the amplification of feminine traits—Poehler/Couric’s heavily mascara’d and incessant blinking, Poehler/Hillary’s hyenic laugh, Fey/Palin’s sexy librarianism—in ways that might indeed be sexist or reductive, those characteristics were ripe for amplification only because the objects of political and media parody had high-pitched laughs and wore mascara and pencil skirts.

    Big Girls Don’t Cry

  • Inasmuch as each of the impersonations relied on the amplification of feminine traits—Poehler/Couric’s heavily mascara’d and incessant blinking, Poehler/Hillary’s hyenic laugh, Fey/Palin’s sexy librarianism—in ways that might indeed be sexist or reductive, those characteristics were ripe for amplification only because the objects of political and media parody had high-pitched laughs and wore mascara and pencil skirts.

    Big Girls Don’t Cry

  • Inasmuch as each of the impersonations relied on the amplification of feminine traits—Poehler/Couric’s heavily mascara’d and incessant blinking, Poehler/Hillary’s hyenic laugh, Fey/Palin’s sexy librarianism—in ways that might indeed be sexist or reductive, those characteristics were ripe for amplification only because the objects of political and media parody had high-pitched laughs and wore mascara and pencil skirts.

    Big Girls Don’t Cry

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