Main meanings of Richardsonian in English

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Richardsonian1

Pronunciation /ˌrɪtʃədˈsəʊnɪən/

adjective

  • Characteristic or reminiscent of the style, form, or content of the works of Samuel Richardson.

    Richardson popularized the epistolary narrative form in three lengthy novels (Pamela, Clarissa, and Sir Charles Grandison), which each featured a heroine who was the object of melodramatic seduction attempts.

noun

  • An admirer or student of Samuel Richardson or his work.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in The London Magazine. From the name of Samuel Richardson, English novelist + -ian.

Main meanings of Richardsonian in English

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Richardsonian2

Pronunciation /ˌrɪtʃədˈsəʊnɪən/

adjective

Architecture
  • Of or relating to the style of architecture characteristic of Henry Hobson Richardson, particularly with regard to the influence of French Romanesque architecture. Frequently in "Richardsonian Romanesque".

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Art Amateur. From the name of Henry Hobson Richardson, American architect + -ian.