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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".
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 cent. b.c.), Greek writer and philosopher of the Cynic school + -ēus: compare -eous) + -an; compare -ean.
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