Definition of Byronic in English:



  • 1Characteristic of Lord Byron or his poetry.

    • ‘His singing talent aside (if one can put so considerable a contribution to the side, even momentarily), he brings together energy, ferocity, sexuality, swagger, and sensitivity in a powerful Byronic persona.’
    • ‘The person, who looked most likely to be a man, stayed just out of the range of my knife and smiled at me, looking like a cross between a Byronic vampire and Jack the Ripper.’
    • ‘‘He really was the last of these Byronic figures we don't see any more: warrior poets, great seducers,’ he says.’
    • ‘In the nineteenth century for instance, it was a very Byronic role, very demonic and tormented and isolated, tortured romantic figure.’
    • ‘With his high public profile, Byronic good looks and houses on both sides of the Atlantic, it's little wonder that he attracts resentment from his fellow scholars.’
    • ‘I've written an article on Byronic heroes in popular culture (a miniature version of an as yet unpublished book on the topic), and this is one of the heroes discussed.’
    • ‘Polish Romanticism is infused with messianism, nationalistic yearning, Byronic rebellion.’
    • ‘More than 100 works feature including paintings, photographs, letters, literary manuscripts, memorabilia and examples of Byronic dress.’
    • ‘He's older than his voice sounds - the Byronic silver hair swept backwards indicates that he could be in his sixties.’
    • ‘We had this wonderful Byronic poet and, as with so many family stories, it was about love and money, and the loss of that money.’
    • ‘Too bad the Byronic hero, or was he a villain, was watching her every move.’
    • ‘Even the most erudite indie lyricists are hardly Byronic in their abilities.’
    • ‘While his public image then was of some long-coated dandy, flicking away female attention with his Byronic hair, it was a guise that ill-fitted him.’
    • ‘It seems like an appropriately Byronic note on which to end my holiday.’
    • ‘As critics have noted recently, Byron's late writings enact a critique of the popular Byronic hero.’
    • ‘Knowing more about his past helps reinforce the idea of him as a Byronic Hero.’
    • ‘Lord Byron, who only saw his daughter as a baby, was well aware of his estranged wife's desire to banish any Byronic blemish in Ada.’
    • ‘I could try to fool people by letting it grow a bit, but as my father told me when I was a teenager, there's a fine line between Byronic and Moronic.’
    • ‘She's drawn to the gorgeous Liverpuddlian whose Byronic aspects spell trouble for everyone involved.’
    • ‘Sorry, I haven't written any Byronic epigrams lately.’
    1. 1.1 (of a man) alluringly dark, mysterious, and moody.
      • ‘Possessing a romantic streak, he saw himself a Byronic man, an individualist and poet with deep sympathy for the oppressed.’
      • ‘There was the Byronic man, sensitive and heroic - especially popular amongst young men of the 1830s and 1840s, and modelled after Lord Byron with his leonine head, fair skin, and a body which was regularly subjected to dieting.’
      • ‘He is just too Byronic and haunted in his gaze: taciturn yes, but a bit like Christ in the attic.’
      • ‘I was trying to point out the reality of a Byronic man is far from romantic.’
      • ‘The glam cabaret material predominates, but when the spotlight goes down on the musician, the protean star, to reveal a romantic balladeer with a powerful voice and Byronic demeanour, you begin to sense the artist's real potential.’
      • ‘Tall, broad-shouldered, and in his mid-thirties, he was the personification of Yuppie men in cologne commercials: sleek, well-dressed, Byronic, and very much aware of it.’
      • ‘The start-up society is, surely, the world of the individual - not the lone, Byronic individual beloved of ‘tough-guy capitalism’, but the socialised and sociable individual, working in a team and purchasing thoughtfully.’
      • ‘That said, those who find a suggestive relationship between a 12-year-old boy and a Byronic man too unsettling are advised to read something else.’
      • ‘Quinn simply did not like the elfinly angelic man dressed in a cross between a Byronic poet and a punk rocker sitting across from him.’