Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to Herbert Spencer or his philosophy.
  • n. A follower of Herbert Spencer.
  • adj. Of or relating to an ornate style of writing employing rounded letters slanted to the right.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining or relating to the English philosopher Herbert Spencer (born 1820), or characteristic of his philosophical system. See Spencerianism.
  • Pertaining or relating to P. R. Spencer or to his system of free-hand writing, introduced about the middle of the nineteenth century.

Etymologies

After Platt Rogers Spencer (1800-1864), American handwriting expert.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • With a ring of Spencerian evolutionary thought, Fang concludes that the primitive life had been simple, but in Santa Clara Valley it is different. 42 How different are the two worlds as seen in reference to the passages which describe the land of the White Silence, cited at the beginning of this discussion, and the new Southland.

    Le Milieu, Le Moment, La Race: Literary Naturalism in Jack London's White Fang

  • For the Darwinian and Spencerian motifs are clearly not discussed either in forceful or clear terms, except as London wishes to impress his audience with the plasticity of the individual.

    Le Milieu, Le Moment, La Race: Literary Naturalism in Jack London's White Fang

  • But Norton was no Spencerian, and he, too, strove for Martin's philosophic soul, talking as much at him as to his two opponents.

    Chapter 36

  • He was a Spencerian like you till Kreis turned him to materialistic monism.

    Chapter 36

  • And, when the kids grew up, the Schmidts collected 80,000 items with the ubiquitous logo in Spencerian script.

    Selling the Real Thing's Relics

  • I think you might have made a mistype, "Spencerian System of Practical Penmanship by Pratt Spencer," Should probably read Platt Spencer instead.

    The Reading of Good Books

  • Pratt Spencer traveled the country teaching students in special Spencerian Schools, his special method of writing, influenced much of that century's handwriting style.

    The Reading of Good Books

  • On the writing area of the desk: Spencerian System of Practical Penmanship by Pratt Spencer, a reproduction from Mott Media.

    The Reading of Good Books

  • I especially look forward to obtaining the Spencerian penmanship book especially after seeing your beautiful hand writing in the card you made.

    The Reading of Good Books

  • I was taught the Palmer method of writing, as a child, which is a neat and simple way to write with a ball point pen or pencil, but became interested in the flourishes and technique of the Spencerian style when I was teaching my own children how to write.

    Archive 2008-07-01

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