Definition of Goethean in US English:


(also Goethian)


  • Relating to or characteristic of the German poet, playwright, and scholar Johann Wolfgang von Goethe or his works.

    ‘the Goethean concept of world literature’
    • ‘This astonishingly rapid transformation was brought about because of their abiding belief in the Goethean ideal of high culture.’
    • ‘All kinds of Goethean characters are alluded to but never realized.’
    • ‘It's a short book of four separate essays by two contemporary researchers in the Goethean tradition.’
    • ‘In European literature there is a Goethean myth of the Faustian artist who sells his soul to the devil in return for absolute artistic power.’
    • ‘The frequent use of such abstract generalities is a distinguishing feature of the Goethian style.’