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Parnassian

[pahr-nas-ee-uh n] /pɑrˈnæs i ən/
adjective
1.
pertaining to Mount Parnassus.
2.
pertaining to poetry.
3.
of, pertaining to, or noting a school of French poets of the latter half of the 19th century, characterized chiefly by a belief in art for art's sake, by an emphasis on metrical form, and by the repression of emotive elements: so called from Le Parnasse Contemporain, the title of their first collection of poems, published in 1866.
noun
4.
a member of the Parnassian school of French poets.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; < Latin Parnassi(us) of Parnassus + -an
Related forms
Parnassianism, Parnassism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for parnassianism

Parnassian1

/pɑːˈnæsɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Mount Parnassus or poetry

Parnassian2

/pɑːˈnæsɪən/
noun
1.
one of a school of French poets of the late 19th century who wrote verse that emphasized metrical form and restricted emotion
adjective
2.
of or relating to the Parnassians or their poetry
Derived Forms
Parnassianism, Parnassism, noun
Word Origin
C19: from French parnassien, from ParnasseParnassus; from Le Parnasse contemporain, title of an anthology produced by these poets
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