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Augustan

[aw-guhs-tuh n, uh-guhs-] /ɔˈgʌs tən, əˈgʌs-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Augustus Caesar, the first Roman emperor, or to the age (Augustan Age) in which he flourished, which marked the golden age of Latin literature.
2.
of or relating to the neoclassic period, especially of 18th-century English literature.
noun
3.
an author in an Augustan age.
Origin of Augustan
1695-1705
1695-1705; < Latin Augustānus. See Augustus, -an
Related forms
post-Augustan, adjective
pre-Augustan, adjective
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Examples from the Web for Augustan
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  • It is they who have razed Augustan temples, destroyed holy relics, and slain Augustan priests—they, and not the Saxons.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • The Augustan Age was comical enough, if we may trust some of Horaces satires.

    The Comic Latin Grammar Percival Leigh
  • In diction worthy of the Augustan age, he presents us with no images that are not familiar to his countrymen.

  • In his later works, Pope took Augustan satire about as far as it could go.

    The Methodist Evan Lloyd
  • The Augustan and Elizabethan ages cannot be conjured back at will.

  • Churchill and Robert Lloyd are explicit in their wish to break from Augustan style.

    The Methodist Evan Lloyd
  • We are guided back to admiration of the measure and moderation and shapeliness of the Augustan age.

    Hearts of Controversy Alice Meynell
  • It may be that we have here a pair of poets, the two most prominent of the Augustan Age.

  • Yet it is hard to see what is wanting to the poem to distinguish it from the literature of polite society in the Augustan ages.

    Medieval English Literature William Paton Ker
  • But there is yet plenty to remind us that Dublin had once its Augustan Age.

British Dictionary definitions for Augustan

Augustan

/ɔːˈɡʌstən/
adjective
1.
characteristic of, denoting, or relating to the Roman emperor Augustus Caesar (63 bc–14 ad), his period, or the poets, notably Virgil, Horace, and Ovid, writing during his reign
2.
of, relating to, or characteristic of any literary period noted for refinement and classicism, esp the late 17th century in France (the period of the dramatists Corneille, Racine, and Molière) or the 18th century in England (the period of Swift, Pope, and Johnson, much influenced by Dryden)
noun
3.
an author in an Augustan Age
4.
a student of or specialist in Augustan literature
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Word Origin and History for Augustan
adj.

1640s, from Latin Augustanus, "pertaining to Augustus (Caesar)," whose reign was connected with "the palmy period of Latin literature" [OED]; hence, "period of purity and refinement in any national literature" (1712).

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