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I had a kind of Dickensian childhood.
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Meaning of "Dickensian" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF DICKENSIAN

Dickensian  [dɪˈkɛnzɪən] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF DICKENSIAN

noun
adjective
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Dickensian is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES DICKENSIAN MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Dickensian

Charles Dickens

Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's most memorable fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. During his life, his works enjoyed unprecedented fame, and by the twentieth century his literary genius was broadly acknowledged by critics and scholars. His novels and short stories continue to be widely popular. Born in Portsmouth, England, Dickens was forced to leave school to work in a factory when his father was thrown into debtors' prison. Although he had little formal education, his early impoverishment drove him to succeed. Over his career he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas and hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms. Dickens sprang to fame with the 1836 serial publication of The Pickwick Papers. Within a few years he had become an international literary celebrity, famous for his humour, satire, and keen observation of character and society.

Definition of Dickensian in the English dictionary

The first definition of Dickensian in the dictionary is of Charles Dickens or his works. Other definition of Dickensian is squalid and poverty-stricken. Dickensian is also characterized by jollity and conviviality.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH DICKENSIAN


Abkhazian
æbˈkɑːzɪən
ambrosian
æmˈbrəʊzɪən
Australasian
ˌɒstrəˈleɪzɪən
Bayesian
ˈbeɪzɪən
Cartesian
kɑːˈtiːzɪən
Carthusian
kɑːˈθjuːzɪən
Caucasian
kɔːˈkeɪzɪən
Dionysian
ˌdaɪəˈnɪzɪən
Druzian
ˈdruːzɪən
Elysian
ɪˈlɪzɪən
Hobbesian
ˈhɒbzɪən
Indonesian
ˌɪndəʊˈniːzɪən
Keynesian
ˈkeɪnzɪən
Malaysian
məˈleɪzɪən
Malthusian
mælˈθjuːzɪən
Micronesian
ˌmaɪkrəʊˈniːzɪən
nasion
ˈneɪzɪən
Parisian
pəˈrɪzɪən
Tunisian
tjuːˈnɪzɪən
Venusian
vɪˈnjuːzɪən

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE DICKENSIAN

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Dickinson
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WORDS THAT END LIKE DICKENSIAN

Albigensian
Asian
Belarusian
Central Asian
circensian
Eurasian
Frisian
Gaussian
Great Russian
Little Russian
Ossian
Persian
Polynesian
Premonstratensian
Prussian
Rhodesian
Russian
Silesian
Southeast Asian
Waldensian

Synonyms and antonyms of Dickensian in the English dictionary of synonyms

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狄更斯
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Dickens
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Dickensian
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डिकेंसियन
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ديكنزية
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Dickensian
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Dickens
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Dickensian
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Dickens
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Dickensian
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dickensian
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ディケンズ
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디킨스
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Dickensian
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Dickensian
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டிக்கன்ஸ்
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डिकन्सियन
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Dickens
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dickensiano
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Dickensian
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Dickensian
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Dickensian
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Dickensian
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Dickensiaanse
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Dickensian
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Dickens
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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about Dickensian

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6 QUOTES WITH «DICKENSIAN»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word Dickensian.
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Shaun Cassidy
I had a kind of Dickensian childhood.
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Richard Griffiths
What can I say? I deal with it. I think I have come to terms with my absolutely hateful and vile childhood. No, I have, really. But I did hate it at the time. I resented it. There were elements of it that were positively Dickensian.
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Richard Helms
It was my angry, Dickensian novel, I suppose. It was cathartic - I expended a lot of frustration on that one.
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Harold E. Varmus
As an undergraduate at Amherst College, I was devoted to Dickensian novels and antiestablishment journalism while marginally fulfilling premedical requirements.
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Benjamin Walker
My dad is kind of a rascal, like in a Dickensian sense. He just goes from career to career.
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Sarah Waters
People say, 'You're like Dickens', but I'm not like Dickens. Zadie Smith is a Dickensian writer because she's writing about society now, just as Dickens was writing about his society.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «DICKENSIAN»

Discover the use of Dickensian in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to Dickensian and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Walking Dickensian London
This walking guide not only looks at the actual locations used in Charles Dickens' novels, but also provides a guide to London's development during the early Victorian period.
Richard Jones, 2004
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The Mammoth Book of Dickensian Whodunnits
The stories include: Miss Havisham's Revenge by Alanna Knight, in which we discover the part Estella Havisham played in the fate of Bentley Drummle; Murder in Murray's Court by David Stuart Davies, in which Oliver Twist has to help the ...
Mike Ashley, 2011
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The Dickensian
Supported by Ley, he managed from the beginning to get the right mix of contents for The Dickensian. He set out his editorial stall in the first number: it is intended that the magazine shall be, as a whole, devoted to the vast subject of Dickens ...
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The Goldfinch
He is alienated and in love - and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle. The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power.
Donna Tartt, 2013
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Dickensian Laughter: Essays on Dickens and Humour
Afterword. Dickensian. Laughter. in. a. Popular. Dark. Age. Dickens once referred to the middle decades of the nineteenth century as 'a kind of popular dark age' in which literature had a tendency to be 'frightfully literal and catalogue-like'.
Malcolm Andrews, 2013
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Dickensian Inns & Taverns...
This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923.
Bertram Waldrom Matz, 2012
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Dickensian characters - real or nil? An analysis of ...
To begin with the end, the overall statement of this paper is that the characters in Charles Dickens′s Our Mutual Friend are for the most part inconsistent.
Benjamin Foitzik, 2003
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London, Radical Culture, and the Making of the Dickensian ...
Sen’s book aims to precisely chart the series of displacements and “reactivations” by which expressive strategies of these extraliterary discourses found their way into Dickens’s novels.
Sambudha Sen, 2012
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Dickensian: A Bibliography of the Literature Relating to ...
This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words.
Frederic George Kitton, 2010
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The Victorians in the Rearview Mirror
Other. Victorians. and. the. Neo-Dickensian. Novel. d. Aside from her call for a return to “Victorian values,” the other comment by Margaret Thatcher that was of most interest to cultural critics was her public statement that there was “no such ...
Simon Joyce, 2007

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «DICKENSIAN»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term Dickensian is used in the context of the following news items.
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Penny Dreadful season 2 episode 10 review: And They Were …
David Haig is a particular highlight as the money-grabbing Dickensian Putney as well as Douglas Hodge as Chandler's dogged inspector. «Den Of Geek, Jul 15»
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Rail line under fire for sewage on track (From Echo)
A RAIL company has been called disgusting and Dickensian for allowing raw sewage to pour on to tracks. Trains on the Abellio Greater Anglia ... «Echo, Jul 15»
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REVIEW: Oliver Twist, The Dukes, Williamson Park - Lancaster …
As the crowds gathered at the foot of the Ashton Memorial for the first scene of the Dukes' production of the well known Dickensian tale, the rain ... «Lancaster Today, Jul 15»
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there's no plaice like Hackney for fish and chips - News, comment …
The fusion of Dickensian fried potatoes for poverty stricken East Londoners with the frugal fried fish of our Jewish communities gave London a ... «Hackney Citizen, Jul 15»
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Rail firm criticised for raw sewage on track
A RAIL company has been called disgusting and Dickensian for allowing raw sewage to pour on to tracks. Trains on the Abellio Greater Anglia ... «Echo, Jul 15»
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You need to do Seville's stunning opera tour - Daily Life
... (in our case El Patio Sevillano in Paseo Cristobal Colon) and sit in perhaps the most uncomfortable seats outside a Dickensian classroom. «Daily Life, Jul 15»
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Prison HOUDINI - Fort Myers Florida Weekly
When Mr. DeFriest arrived at FSH in early 1981, he entered a Dickensian, forbidding, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest”-style place. I know ... «Florida Weekly, Jul 15»
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Europe is blowing itself apart over Greece - and nobody can stop it …
They stuck rigidly to their script, refusing to recognise in any way that their own Dickensian prescriptions have been discredited by economists ... «Yahoo Finance UK, Jul 15»
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'Moby Dick' puts theatergoers in the belly of a beastly obsession
But none of Ahab's fellow travelers has the magic or moral strength of the Dickensian spirits who help Scrooge help himself before it's too late. «Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jul 15»
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Why are we so afraid of nuclear? | TheHill
Even the choking, coal-dust reality of Dickensian London was preferable to the hardships and poverty of rural life. Visions of global equality ... «The Hill, Jul 15»

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