Definition of Hudibrastic in English:



  • (of language or verse) in the style of Hudibras, a mock-heroic satirical poem by Samuel Butler, published 1663–78.

    ‘a Hudibrastic dialogue ridiculing various systems of philosophy’
    • ‘Varying pace and diction, and characterized by power surges of excitement and humour, this poem in Hudibrastic couplets is one of Burns's greatest achievements.’
    • ‘But his verse is not without a certain Hudibrastic force, and it frequently contains graphic touches descriptive of modes of life now passed away.’
    • ‘Potter did not allow matters to rest and outlined his side of the case in The Hobby Horse (1766), cast in Hudibrastic verse.’
    • ‘Keimer attempted to reply in Hudibrastic verse on one occasion, but the battle of wits was no contest.’
    • ‘By the same token, others in London are also writing Hudibrastic satires, including Ned Ward, whose Hudibras Redivivus was also published in 1708.’
    mocking, ironic, ironical, satiric, sarcastic, sardonic, scornful, derisive, ridiculing, taunting
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