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Attributive Designating writing, etc., typical of or resembling that of the series of light romantic novels issued with the imprint of the Minerva Press from 1790, characterized by a blend of sentiment and sensationalism. Also (occasionally) as adjective in predicative use.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Emmeline Stuart Wortley (1806–1855), poet and travel writer. In sense 1 from Minerva Press, the name of a printing press established by William Lane in 1790 in Leadenhall Street, London from Minerva + press.
Minerva press/mɪˌnəːvə ˈprɛs/
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