Proustian

adjective Proust·ian \ ˈprü-stē-ən \

Definition of Proustian

: of, relating to, suggestive of, or associated with Marcel Proust or his writings: such as
a : marked by a complex, highly detailed style
  • In spite of its Proustian sentences and its surrealist feints, Krasznahorkai's novel is in fact a rather elementary tale.
  • —Robert Boyers
  • … as she described the mid-20th-century Schenectady city-parks tennis scene in Proustian detail, the hours flew by like anvils.
  • —Charles Leerhsen
b : relating to or evoking the recall of a forgotten memory
  • … there is something Proustian about the tea sandwich. For some people, it evokes warm memories of church socials, showers, Mom's bridge-club luncheons, and similar white-glove occasions.
  • —Evelyn Battaglia
  • … Terry had already started a fire using several cords of dried hickory, whose smell can induce Proustian reveries in southerners everywhere.
  • —Pat Conroy

First Known Use of proustian

1923

in the meaning defined above

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