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King Lear

[leer] /lɪər/
noun
1.
a tragedy (1606) by Shakespeare.
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  • There are three passages in King Lear which have been held to be additions made by 'the players.'

    Shakespearean Tragedy A. C. Bradley
  • Then we can be no judges of tragic art, of King Lear or the Œdipus.

    Platform Monologues T. G. Tucker
  • But in King Lear the indications are so scanty that the reader's mind is left not seldom both vague and bewildered.

    Shakespearean Tragedy A. C. Bradley
  • Mr. Brown offered to accommodate us by etching this design, one of a series from “King Lear” which he had drawn in Paris in 1844.

    The Germ Various
  • This, if we like to use the word, is Shakespeare's 'pessimism' in King Lear.

    Shakespearean Tragedy A. C. Bradley
  • Shakespeare has added interest to it by making it the password in the tragedy of "King Lear."

    A Garden with House Attached Sarah Warner Brooks
  • This same tendency shows itself in King Lear in other forms.

    Shakespearean Tragedy A. C. Bradley
King Lear in Culture

King Lear definition


A tragedy by William Shakespeare about an old king who unwisely hands his kingdom over to two of his daughters. The daughters, who had flattered Lear while he was in power, turn on him; their actions reduce him to poverty and eventually to madness. His youngest daughter, Cordelia, whom he had at first spurned, remains faithful to him.

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