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Feb 10, 2016
This week’s theme
Eponyms (words coined after people)

This week’s words
maecenas
guy
victorian
gongorism
gongorism
Addisonian

Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria, 1886
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Victorian

PRONUNCIATION:
(vik-TOR-ee-uhn)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Prudish; outdated; exaggeratedly proper; hypocritical.
2. Relating to the period of the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901).
3. Relating to ornate architecture, furnishings, etc., characteristic of the period.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Queen Victoria of the UK (1819-1901). Earliest documented use: 1839.

USAGE:
“‘We’ve been discussing how she’s not allowed to be alone with a boy until she’s twenty-five;’
Evan smiled. ‘How very Victorian of you.’”
Roni Loren; Forever Starts Tonight; InterMix Books; 2014.

See more usage examples of Victorian in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I see too plainly custom forms us all. Our thoughts, our morals, our most fixed belief, are consequences of our place of birth. -Aaron Hill, dramatist and writer (10 Feb 1685-1750)

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