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Wag·​ne·​ri·​an väg-ˈnir-ē-ən How to pronounce Wagnerian (audio) -ˈner- How to pronounce Wagnerian (audio)
: of, relating to, characteristic, or suggestive of Wagner or his music, stage operas, or theories


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: an admirer of the musical theories and style of Wagner

Examples of Wagnerian in a Sentence

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The Toto score for Dune was Wagnerian and powerful, yet the band never composed the soundtrack for another movie. Max Evry, Pitchfork, 13 Oct. 2023 Francis Ford Coppola, who directed the film, and Walter Murch, who edited the soundtrack, undoubtedly intended it to have a critical component, aligning the bloodthirsty Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore with the Wagnerian generals of war movies past. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 2 Sep. 2023

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Word History



Richard Wagner

First Known Use


1868, in the meaning defined above


1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Wagnerian was in 1868

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“Wagnerian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Wagnerian. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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