Dan·​te·​an ˈdan-tē-ən How to pronounce Dantean (audio) ˈdän- How to pronounce Dantean (audio)
: of, relating to, or suggestive of Dante or his writings
especially : having a hellish or bizarre quality
refugees lived a Dantean existence A. E. Cowdrey

Examples of Dantean in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Dantean was in 1785

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“Dantean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Dantean. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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