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Seneca

[sen-i-kuh] /ˈsɛn ɪ kə/
noun, plural Senecas (especially collectively) Seneca for 1.
1.
a member of the largest tribe of the Iroquois Confederacy of North American Indians, formerly inhabiting western New York and being conspicuous in the wars south and west of Lake Erie.
2.
an Iroquoian language of the Seneca, Onondaga, and Cayuga tribes.
Origin of Seneca
New York Dutch
< New York Dutch Sennecaas, etc., orig. applied to the Oneida and, more generally, to all the Upper Iroquois (as opposed to the Mohawk), probably < an unattested Mahican name
Related forms
Senecan, adjective
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  • In spite of the medley of intrigue and carnage, there is introduced, after senecan fashion, much philosophizing and introspection.

    Tragedy Ashley H. Thorndike
  • Gordobuc is severely classical in its unities; it is of the senecan species.

  • The structure is an interesting adaptation of senecan and popular characteristics.

    Tragedy Ashley H. Thorndike
  • He wrote two tragedies on the senecan model, Alaham and Mustapha.

  • The play was thus not only thoroughly senecan, but the result of a tangle of derivative senecan influences.

    Tragedy Ashley H. Thorndike
  • senecan tragedy abounded in bloodshed and horrors; the speeches are full of pompous rant, and their metre is most monotonous.

  • From these critical comments we may infer that the popular drama had before 1585 triumphed over the senecan.

    Tragedy Ashley H. Thorndike
  • Tragedies early began to be written on the strictly senecan model, and generally, like Seneca's, with some ulterior intention.

  • The senecan drama and the Aristotelian precepts were the sources of Sidney's theory of tragedy.

  • The Elizabethan audience, as we have seen, loved action, and in these senecan tragedies the action took place "off."

British Dictionary definitions for senecan

Seneca1

/ˈsɛnɪkə/
noun
1.
(pl) -cas, -ca. a member of a North American Indian people formerly living south of Lake Ontario; one of the Iroquois peoples
2.
the language of this people, belonging to the Iroquoian family
Word Origin
C19: from Dutch Sennecaas (plural), probably of Algonquian origin

Seneca2

/ˈsɛnɪkə/
noun
1.
Lucius Annaeus (əˈniːəs), called the Younger. ?4 bc–65 ad, Roman philosopher, statesman, and dramatist; tutor and adviser to Nero. He was implicated in a plot to murder Nero and committed suicide. His works include Stoical essays on ethical subjects and tragedies that had a considerable influence on Elizabethan drama
2.
his father, Marcus (ˈmɑːkəs) or Lucius Annaeus, called the Elder or the Rhetorician. ?55 bc–?39 ad, Roman writer on oratory and history
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Word Origin and History for senecan

Seneca

1610s, from Dutch Sennecas, collective name for the Iroquois tribes of what became upper New York, of uncertain origin, perhaps from a Mahican name for the Oneida or their village. Earlier sinnekens, senakees; form probably influenced by the name of the ancient Roman philosopher.

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