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  • As a byword, this refers to someone who prophesies disaster, who proclaims a dark future:

    "We have had enough, and more than enough, of prophets, revivalists and tragedians. But we have also had enough of the satirists and debunkers, of the writers of farces and the tellers of bawdy stories, to whom long-suffering humanity has turned for an antidote for all those Jeremiahs and Savonarolas savonarola'>see savonarola, and portentous Dantes dante'>dante, those preachers of crusades and heresy hunters, ancient and modern."

    – Aldous Huxley, Adonis and the Alphabet (1956), 180.

    October 1, 2008