Proust·​ian | \ ˈprü-stē-ən How to pronounce Proustian (audio) \

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

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1923, in the meaning defined above

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“Proustian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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