Beckmesser

noun

Beck·​mes·​ser
ˈbek-ˌme-sər
plural -s
: a critic or teacher of music characterized by timid and excessive reliance upon rules : pedant

Word History

Etymology

German, after Sixtus Beckmesser, pedantic musical philistine in the opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1867) by Richard Wagner †1883 German composer

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“Beckmesser.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Beckmesser. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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