• WordNet 3.6
    • adj Dantesque of or relating to Dante Alighieri or his writings
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Dantesque Dantelike; Dantean.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Dantesque Having the characteristics of the poet Dante or his works; resembling Dante or his style; more especially, characterized by a lofty and impressive sublimity, with profound sadness. Also Dantean.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Dantesque like the poet Dante: sublime: austere
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. It. Dantesco,


In literature:

In the eighty-acre horse pasture the pony with the Dantesque face grew fat and almost smiling.
"Sixes and Sevens" by O. Henry
Eminently Dantesque, but the sacrilege appalls Leo.
"At the Mercy of Tiberius" by August Evans Wilson
Distinctly Dantesque was the gulf between the huge mountain sides which threatened every moment to fall.
"The Life of Sir Richard Burton" by Thomas Wright
The Shakespearian, the Dantesque, are in a line, two at most.
"Diana of the Crossways, Complete" by George Meredith
But in Russia, the CIS and the Balkans the scenery is nothing short of Dantesque.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
The scientific conception of the sun is strikingly Dantesque, and appalls the imagination.
"Birds and Poets" by John Burroughs
We want the "inevitable" word, the simple and the home-coming, the Dantesque.
"Platform Monologues" by T. G. Tucker
But has he preserved it in its force and simplicity and Dantesque directness?
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 118, August, 1887" by Various
The work is at once Shakspearean and Dantesque.
"Recollections of Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1883" by T. Hall Caine
He is both Dantesque and Darwinian, as has been said.
"Whitman" by John Burroughs
It is Miltonic in conception and Dantesque in expression; the syllables ring out in pure concent, like blasts from a silver clarion.
"An Outline of Russian Literature" by Maurice Baring
A carnival of evil, weird and Dantesque, begins in the lonely cell.
"Nevermore" by Rolf Boldrewood
We seemed like souls in torment, traveling in a world of the dead, condemned to some Dantesque torture that should never cease.
"My Attainment of the Pole" by Frederick A. Cook
Some day he will rediscover the Dantesque hierarchy of souls implicit in humanity.
"Atlantic Classics" by Various
Truly Dantesque hell tortures were these initiations into Hansa mysteries.
"The Thirteenth" by James J. Walsh
Truly Dantesque hell tortures were these initiations into Hansa mysteries.
"The Hansa Towns" by Helen Zimmern
There is a perfectly Dantesque appropriateness in it.
"Expositor's Bible: The Song of Solomon" by Walter Adeney
I felt that I had seen a curious, dark, dramatic, badly-drawn, wildly-conceived and Dantesque painting.
"Yellowstone Nights" by Herbert Quick
The patriarch, S. Lorenzo Giustiniani, with Dantesque features, stands under a Renaissance chapel.
"Venice and its Story" by Thomas Okey