Meaning of Alexandrianism in English:


Pronunciation /ˌalɪɡˈzɑːndrɪənɪz(ə)m/ /ˌalɪɡˈzandrɪənɪz(ə)m/


  • 1A form or idiom characteristic of or restricted to the variety of Greek used in ancient Alexandria.

  • 2The doctrines or ideas associated with any of the schools of philosophy in ancient Alexandria.

  • 3Imitation of the Alexandrian school of Greek literature; (hence) the use of derivative, artificial, or recondite language or style.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in Palaeoromaica. From Alexandrian + -ism, partly after German Alexandrinismus.