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  • adjective Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Plutarch or his writings


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  • In the Plutarchian method there was ever a snare, and I have come near treading in it.

    Since Cézanne

  • The Plutarchian stoic, its author, went from Paris in a court coach, but his Roman tone deserted him, and he felt shamefaced as a schoolboy before the great world, such divinity doth hedge even a Lewis XV., and even in a soul of Genevan temper.


  • The constant thought of Paris gave Rousseau an admirable occasion of painting two pictures in violent contrast, each as over-coloured as the other by his mixed conceptions of the Plutarchian antique and imaginary pastoral.


  • Above all his ideal was revolutionised, and the recent dreams of Plutarchian heroism, of grandeur, of palaces, princesses, and a glorious career full in the world's eye, were replaced by a new conception of blessedness of life, which never afterwards faded from his vision, and which has held a front place in the imagination of literary Europe ever since.


  • Under certain circumstances this vindication and ennoblement might act as an incitement to an actual assassination as well as to Plutarchian republicanism; for it is one thing to advocate republicanism or royalism: it is quite another to make a hero of Brutus or Ravaillac, or a heroine of Charlotte Corday.

    The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet

  • He has the soul of a Plutarchian hero, and where two ways present themselves, the most natural is for him the most heroic.

    The Life and Works of Friedrich Schiller

  • What could be better for his purpose than a daring conspiracy, led by a Plutarchian hero who was at the same time a single-minded patriot?

    The Life and Works of Friedrich Schiller

  • In that respect Theodore Hook is Paul's Plutarchian parallel, though he has more literature and less life.

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2 To the Close of the 19th Century

  • In fact, though a sort of pseudo-Plutarchian parallel between them is nearly as inevitable as it is common, it is a parallel almost entirely composed of differences, carried out in matter almost incommensurable.

    The English Novel

  • A parallel in the Plutarchian manner between Bacon and Raleigh would in many ways be pleasant, but only one point of it concerns us here, -- that both had been happier and perhaps had done greater things had they been simple men of letters.

    A History of Elizabethan Literature


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