Meaning of Horatian in English:


Pronunciation /həˈreɪʃ(ɪ)ən/


  • 1Relating to the Roman poet Horace or his work.

    ‘The reader will meet a veritable galaxy of rakes, atheistic clergy, philanthropic snobs, scholars, apothecaries and antiquarians in this elegant, witty, informative and, in true Horatian style, entertaining book.’
    • ‘One reason I've only just found the time to jump in here with some Horatian glossing is that I've spent much of the last five weeks directing a version of A Christmas Carol with sixty ten- and eleven-year-olds in Paddington.’
    • ‘The Horatian quote appears also in the new edition, but sharp-eyed readers will observe an emendation: the seventh word, very, has now been removed.’
    • ‘Initially, the speaker seems to take pleasure in describing the wild, Hebridean landscape, for he appears to accept the familiar Horatian assumption that retreat from the complexities of civilization may bring relief from care.’
    • ‘Firstly, ‘slow’ is not a recherché word to use in a context in which Jonson's writing style has already been described as that of a Horatian perfectionist, of a waster of lamp-oil, and of a ‘Nasty Tortoise’.’
    • ‘Forrest-Thomson endorses a rhetorical expression, by Geoffrey Hartman, of the same Horatian and Yeatsian tropes.’
    • ‘He has gone, one might say, from explicator to gnostic namer, from the secular, discursive Horatian thinker-poet to a more compressed priest-like voice, intent on Mystery.’
    • ‘This is shaping as the beginning of a picture of John Forbes as some amalgam of Roland Barthes's Mythologies, Frank O'Hara's most demotic mode and with an admixture of Horatian latinity.’
    • ‘Likewise, to read ‘On the Famous Voyage’ as an Horatian exercise is to reconfigure its relation to the volume of epigrams it concludes.’
    • ‘Bozkurt, offers two fundamental types of satire: Horatian and Juvenalian satire.’
    • ‘Jonson, influenced as ever by the Horatian paradigms, adopts and adapts these literalist interpretations of the myth to his own dramatic ends.’
    • ‘Paradise Lost and Pope's Horatian Essay on Criticism were written in English.’
    • ‘We have already remarked that such a distancing accords with the speaker's Horatian stance.’
    • ‘These contradictions and their maskings appear in the history of the Horatian text itself.’
    • ‘The latter fail to decipher the real meaning of the Horatian maxim which Titus attaches to the gift.’
    • ‘The Horatian satires of a Pope, the Palladian designs of a Burlington, and the still essentially formal landscape gardening beloved of classicists such as William Kent belonged to the same world.’
    • ‘By insisting on both halves of the Horatian formula - usefulness and pleasure - and not just the first, the academies managed to join amateurs and experts in a common endeavour.’
    1. 1.1Denoting an ode of several stanzas each with the same metrical pattern.
      ‘In a conventional Horatian ode, the next stanza would present the Stoic alternative.’
      • ‘At the end of the workshop, he wrote a poem for us: ‘A Horatian Ode and Prayer at the End of Summer to My Buffalo Friends.’’
      • ‘Unlike Pindarics, the Horatian ode (named after Horace) tends to be meditative, tranquil, and colloquial.’