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Relating to or in the manner of George Bernard Shaw or his writings or ideas:‘their ceaseless flow of Shavian chatter’
- ‘In true Shavian spirit, Kennedy passed the gauntlet: ‘Some men see things as they are and say, why; I dream things that never were and say, why not’.’
- ‘Man and Superman is a tough play to mount, for its length, its changes of scenery, its elaborate Shavian philosophizings and unremitting cascades of iconoclastic wit.’
- ‘It's difficult to tell, but perhaps we could have expected a woman of letters, whose name adorns the cover of the 1997 novel, to grasp the Shavian reference.’
- ‘Beneath its satire on Anglo-Saxon and Irish attitudes and its assault on entrepreneurial capitalism lies a deep vein of grief that is quintessentially Shavian.’
- ‘It is conceivable that Douglas was the prototype for the part when the play was written, in 1894, a piece of Shavian mischievousness which would have had to have been concealed from the censor and public at the time of the production, in 1904.’
- ‘But, in addition to familiar Shavian reversal, the play also offers a testament to the power of faith - the willingness of the heroine, Lavinia, to sacrifice herself for God is a metaphor for Shaw's belief in socialism and the life force.’
- ‘The hero of a nineteenth-century social novel, or of a Shavian play of ideas, might well be its author's mouthpiece, but the hero would also achieve victory within the work itself.’
- ‘But when he impartially attacks the Englishman - ‘so clever in your foolishness and this Irishman so foolish in his cleverness ‘- you realise that the character of the visionary outsider is a revealing Shavian self-portrait.’’
- ‘But a lot of criminals also live in poverty, and I don't hear anyone screaming Shavian imprecations about that.’
- ‘Instead, I want to use it to revisit the Shavian thesis that the professional press has a higher claim than bloggers to the First Amendment and its subsidiary protections.’
- ‘In between, he had to contend with a Shavian academic who had come to regard the bearded, vegetarian dramatist as his personal property.’
An admirer of Shaw or his work.
- ‘Stoppard is a residualist romantic rather than a latter-day Shavian; his play is best in tracing the collapse of a dysfunctional marriage and the incremental humiliation of its hero.’
- ‘The Devil, of course, defends those hedonistic amenities, whereas Juan, a true Shavian, wants none of them and heads for a thinker's Heaven.’
From Shavius (Latinized form of Shaw) + -an.
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