Meaning of Wagnerian in English:


Pronunciation /vɑːɡˈnɪərɪən/


  • 1Relating to or characteristic of the operas of Richard Wagner.

    ‘arduous Wagnerian roles’
    • ‘The composer has mastered completely the art of the Wagnerian leitmotif.’
    • ‘Overnight she became the pre-eminent Wagnerian soprano of her generation.’
    • ‘The professor's passion was Wagnerian operas.’
    • ‘In 1919 his debut as Siegmund at Covent Garden established him as a leading Wagnerian tenor.’
    • ‘Unfortunately he had a chamber orchestra rather than a large Wagnerian orchestra at his disposal.’
    1. 1.1Having the enormous dramatic scale and intensity of a Wagner opera.
      ‘a strategic predicament of positively Wagnerian proportions’
      • ‘The Wagnerian drama then unfolded: the market crashed, and the car industry collapsed.’
      • ‘He was literally larger than life and had an impossibly dramatic Wagnerian voice.’
      • ‘This shows philistinism on a Wagnerian scale.’
      • ‘Our first glimpse of the underwater world, implied through a perspective of giant rings, has a Wagnerian grandeur.’


  • 1An admirer of the German composer Richard Wagner or his music.

    ‘I'm attacked by the Wagnerians who think I am dragging him through the mud’
    • ‘He was well read and well versed in music—something of a Wagnerian—but he didn't throw his cultural weight about, preferring to gently prod the conversation.’
    • ‘King Ludwig II of Bavaria built him a home and theatre at Bayreuth, which is still a pilgrimage point for Wagnerians today.’
    • ‘We have a lot of grass-roots support for the project from dedicated Wagnerians.’
    1. 1.1A performer of the music of the German composer Richard Wagner.
      ‘how she will develop as a Wagnerian remains to be seen’
      • ‘How she will develop as a Wagnerian remains to be seen.’
      • ‘His Wotan proves him one of the great Wagnerians of our time.’
      • ‘Whatever his weaknesses, he is among the finest living Wagnerians.’