Definition of Alexandrian in English:



  • 1Relating to Alexandria in Egypt.

    • ‘In the third century BC, the famous Greek mathematician Archimedes issued a challenge to the Alexandrian mathematicians, headed by Eratosthenes.’
    • ‘The daughter of an English merchant based in Smyrna, she had married a rich Alexandrian merchant, later British Consul General in Egypt, and had travelled extensively in the Levant.’
    • ‘It was a tabletop monument to Greek and Alexandrian astronomy.’
    • ‘In Alexandrian courtrooms a defendant was permitted to speak for a certain regulated time.’
    • ‘The minarets, columns, and pillars that make up the skyline are a mixture of recognizable Alexandrian landmarks and the Bellinis' own invention.’
    1. 1.1 Belonging to the schools of literature and philosophy of ancient Alexandria.
      • ‘Origen and Augustine belonged to the Alexandrian school, which was prone to allegorization, largely because of their neo-Platonic philosophy.’
      • ‘First, in the Greek tradition, we nowhere find evidence of an Alexandrian philosopher named David; neither the Suda nor Hesychius nor Photius nor anyone else seems to know of any such person.’
      • ‘He felt that there were spiritual realities that needed to be asserted against the kind of fading dimensions of classicism and of the Alexandrian school of philosophers.’
      • ‘Philoponus never held the Alexandrian philosophy chair.’
      • ‘Far from originating in Alexandria, Newman described the philosophical influences on the Alexandrian school as free from speculation and concerned with propagation of doctrine.’
    2. 1.2 (of a writer) derivative or imitative of previous writers and fond of obscure learning.
      • ‘Alexandrian poets write out of a library, the library of other poetry they carry in their heads, rather than out of a commemorative rural ethic or an aspiration towards the ‘permanently upright city’.’
      obscure, abstruse, arcane, esoteric, little known, recherché, abstract, deep, profound, cryptic, difficult, complex, complicated, involved
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