Meaning of canonic in English:


Pronunciation /kəˈnɒnɪk/

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  • 1Music
    In canon form.

    ‘a remarkable four-voiced canonic Kyrie’
    • ‘Nevertheless, in some of the ‘Gloria’ sections of his canticles Purcell indulges in ingenious canonic writing, inspired it seems by earlier examples by Child and Blow.’
    • ‘The title is not random; canonic counterpoint gives this music its hermetic quality, and one can draw parallels between the music's busy patterns and the busy patterns of city living.’
    • ‘The work mixes long, singing lines with fugal and canonic sections.’
    • ‘The canonic working of the tune in the accompaniment is most ingenious.’
    • ‘Certainly, the canonic writing of the first movement, the contrapuntally distinct lines of the second, and the thematic concision of both appear less evident in the last two movements.’
  • 2

    another term for canonical

    ‘Highly prominent within this prolific output of Marian images are three canonic oil-pastel-on-paper portraits by Yolanda Lopez of herself, her mother, and grandmother, each in the guise of la Guadalupana.’
    • ‘The staged play of this canonic text includes snatches of 50 poems in the first act, and a 60-minute adaptation of Beautiful Losers, Cohen's still-controversial second novel, in the second.’
    • ‘However, he is at pains to point out that there is no one author of the canonic interpretation of a particular building; it is developed collectively over time, the cumulative, filtered effect of many previous responses.’
    • ‘As for the decline in literature in general, one can at once point to the waning of canonic writers and works, established and mainstream scholars, conventional genres, and national literary history.’
    • ‘I initially thought I'd oppose the whole concept since it suggests a canonic or auteurist bias, and I think the critical concepts of canon and auteur are stressed too much in present day screen culture and criticism.’
    • ‘In 1947, the late W.O. Mitchell married prairie topography and meteorology with the historic shorthand of wind as a stand-in for Godhood in the now canonic novel Who Has Seen The Wind.’
    • ‘Ryan admits to not being ‘old enough’ to have seen an original production of Hello Dolly, but also to having been greatly inspired by the canonic directorial force.’
    • ‘Despite the seemingly perfect formal design of the capital in its canonic form, there has been subtle but significant variation in the details of this order since antiquity.’
    • ‘Another Fringe gem, this one a canonic presentation of an alternative theatre classic featuring two of my favourite actors - Michele Brown and Coralie Cairns.’
    • ‘However those critical scholars who are drawing conclusions from the canonic texts alone believe that the woman Jesus rescued and Mary were two separate persons.’
    • ‘For the canonic defense to work, everything substantively provocative in the offending art work has to be played down or simply denied.’
    • ‘There's an unspoken rule that when one reviews a revival of an older or canonic work you're not allowed to comment on the original text.’
    • ‘The canonic male point of view is put in question by being reproduced, and so to speak re-framed, within a female artist's discourse.’
    • ‘The Holy Synod urged all priests and parishioners to repent and come back to the unity of the canonic church.’
    • ‘No theory can be taken as forever canonic and the case of Greek mythology is long overdue for a new paradigm.’


Old English (as a noun): from Old French canonique or Latin canonicus ‘canonical’, from Greek kanonikos, from kanon ‘rule’ (see canon). The adjective dates from the late 15th century.