Definition of Menippean in English:


Pronunciation /ˌmɛnɪˈpɪən/ /mɪˈnɪpɪən/


  • Characteristic of, exhibiting, or resembling the style of satirical writing associated with Menippus, especially in the use of parody or burlesque and the mixture of different styles or genres. Usually in "Menippean satire".

    The works of Menippus himself are lost, but his style was imitated by the 1st-century b.c. Roman writer Varro, whose Saturae Menippeae themselves gave rise to many imitations.


Late 17th century; earliest use found in John Dryden (1631–1700), poet, playwright, and critic. From classical Latin Menippēus (from the name of Menippus (Greek Μένιππος) of Gadara (fl. 3rd century b.c.), Greek writer and philosopher of the Cynic school + -ēus compare -eous) + -an; compare -ean.