Definition of Horatian in US English:

Horatian

adjective

  • 1Relating to the Roman poet Horace or his work.

    • ‘One reason I've only just found the time to jump in here with some Horatian glossing is that I've spent much of the last five weeks directing a version of A Christmas Carol with sixty ten- and eleven-year-olds in Paddington.’
    • ‘We have already remarked that such a distancing accords with the speaker's Horatian stance.’
    • ‘Paradise Lost and Pope's Horatian Essay on Criticism were written in English.’
    • ‘The Horatian quote appears also in the new edition, but sharp-eyed readers will observe an emendation: the seventh word, very, has now been removed.’
    • ‘This is shaping as the beginning of a picture of John Forbes as some amalgam of Roland Barthes's Mythologies, Frank O'Hara's most demotic mode and with an admixture of Horatian latinity.’
    • ‘He has gone, one might say, from explicator to gnostic namer, from the secular, discursive Horatian thinker-poet to a more compressed priest-like voice, intent on Mystery.’
    • ‘The latter fail to decipher the real meaning of the Horatian maxim which Titus attaches to the gift.’
    • ‘Likewise, to read ‘On the Famous Voyage’ as an Horatian exercise is to reconfigure its relation to the volume of epigrams it concludes.’
    • ‘Bozkurt, offers two fundamental types of satire: Horatian and Juvenalian satire.’
    • ‘Initially, the speaker seems to take pleasure in describing the wild, Hebridean landscape, for he appears to accept the familiar Horatian assumption that retreat from the complexities of civilization may bring relief from care.’
    • ‘Jonson, influenced as ever by the Horatian paradigms, adopts and adapts these literalist interpretations of the myth to his own dramatic ends.’
    • ‘The reader will meet a veritable galaxy of rakes, atheistic clergy, philanthropic snobs, scholars, apothecaries and antiquarians in this elegant, witty, informative and, in true Horatian style, entertaining book.’
    • ‘The Horatian satires of a Pope, the Palladian designs of a Burlington, and the still essentially formal landscape gardening beloved of classicists such as William Kent belonged to the same world.’
    • ‘These contradictions and their maskings appear in the history of the Horatian text itself.’
    • ‘Forrest-Thomson endorses a rhetorical expression, by Geoffrey Hartman, of the same Horatian and Yeatsian tropes.’
    • ‘By insisting on both halves of the Horatian formula - usefulness and pleasure - and not just the first, the academies managed to join amateurs and experts in a common endeavour.’
    • ‘Firstly, ‘slow’ is not a recherché word to use in a context in which Jonson's writing style has already been described as that of a Horatian perfectionist, of a waster of lamp-oil, and of a ‘Nasty Tortoise’.’
    1. 1.1 (of an ode) of several stanzas, each of the same metrical pattern.
      • ‘Unlike Pindarics, the Horatian ode (named after Horace) tends to be meditative, tranquil, and colloquial.’
      • ‘At the end of the workshop, he wrote a poem for us: ‘A Horatian Ode and Prayer at the End of Summer to My Buffalo Friends.’’
      • ‘In a conventional Horatian ode, the next stanza would present the Stoic alternative.’

Pronunciation

Horatian

/həˈrāSHən//həˈreɪʃən/