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1Relating to the time of any of three kings of England, Richard I, II, and III.
- ‘The massive bronze statue of Richard in Westminster Palace Yard captures superbly the Ricardian qualities admired for centuries.’
- 1.1Of or holding the view that Richard III was a just king who was misrepresented by Shakespeare and other writers.
A contemporary or supporter of Richard III.
- ‘The danger from such ‘Ricardians ' led to Richard's own mysterious death in Pontefract Castle soon afterwards.’
- ‘The Dean of Westminster has consistently turned down applications for the urn to be re-opened but the Ricardians hope for different response now.’
- ‘An even more striking case was that of Maud Ufford, the dowager Countess of Oxford, a devoted Ricardian who orchestrated opposition to Henry IV in Essex in 1403-4.’
- ‘Who better to whet the biographical appetite than the Shakespearean villain metamorphosed as hero by devoted ‘Ricardians’?’
From medieval Latin Ricardus Richard + -ian.
Relating to or denoting the doctrines of the political economist David Ricardo (1772–1823).
An adherent of the theories of David Ricardo.
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