from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Relating to, occurring in, or characteristic of the middle period of the reign of Queen Victoria in Great Britain (1837–1901), a period known for rigid social standards.
  • noun One living in this period.
  • noun One having rigid social standards.


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  • She once wrote that she felt "so ridiculous, so melodramatically mid-Victorian about my Hopeless Passion, that I blushed with embarrassment."

    The Romantical She

  • I had my doubts about Watson's use of a word like "paranoia," despite its mid-Victorian origins, never mind such 20th-century expressions as "security guard" or the suggestion that one character had "taken to alcohol" when the standard Victorian usage is "took to drink," but in general the linguistic detail is spot-on.

    The Game Is Always Afoot

  • As a result, The Meaning of Night is a resolutely old-fashioned novel – not only because it tries to emulate some of the narrative qualities of mid-Victorian fiction, but also because of its simple aim of telling a good story as well as possible.

    Michael Cox - An interview with author

  • My literary taste has been shaped by these mid-Victorian authors, and by later professional storytellers, such as Stevenson, Conan Doyle, Buchan, and

    Michael Cox - An interview with author

  • Kate Summerscale scored a bestseller with her elegant account of a sensational mid-Victorian murder, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher.

    Mr Briggs' Hat: A Sensational Account of Britain's First Railway Murder by Kate Colquhoun – review

  • David Copperfield (with the original illustrations), quickly followed by Great Expectations, started my love affair with mid-Victorian fiction when I was eleven or twelve years old.

    Michael Cox - An interview with author

  • Now, here's an account of an almost equally sensational mid-Victorian murder, also with the word "Mr" in the title, also written by an author called Kate – circumstances tending to arouse in the present reviewer what might be called "The Suspicions of Mr Martin".

    Mr Briggs' Hat: A Sensational Account of Britain's First Railway Murder by Kate Colquhoun – review

  • I was reading a piece of mid-Victorian prose this afternoon, and it occurred to me that if I cut up the sentences, which regularly reach 100 words, and allowed them to be replaced randomly, nobody would be any the wiser.

    Giving evidence to the Chilcot inquiry, Tony Blair said: “I...

  • The answer he came up with was Palmerston, a mid-Victorian Whig who flirted with the other side.

    Queen Victoria would be amused by this Clameron coalition

  • Elizabeth (Antonia Cifrone), styled somewhere between Eva Perón and Gloria Swanson, hangs out with a 1950s court, though her ministers and the Earl of Leicester (Bülent Bezdüz) are got up as mid-Victorian grandees.

    Mary Stuart


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