in a Pickwickian sense

in a Pickwickian sense
In a recondite or merely imaginary sense, a phrase by which a member of the Pickwick Club explained away unparliamentary language
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Main Entry:Pickwickian

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  • Pickwickian Sense —    Words or epithets, usually of a derogatory or insulting kind, that in certain circumstances are not to be taken as having the same force or implication they ordinarily would have, are said to be Pickwickian. The allusion is to the phrase from… …   Dictionary of eponyms

  • Pickwickian — adjective Etymology: Samuel Pickwick, character in the novel Pickwick Papers (1836 37) by Charles Dickens Date: 1836 1. marked by simplicity and generosity 2. intended or taken in a sense other than the obvious or literal one …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Pickwickian — Pickwickianly, adv. /pik wik ee euhn/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Mr. Pickwick, central character of The Pickwick Papers. 2. (of the use or interpretation of an expression) intentionally or unintentionally odd or unusual. 3.… …   Universalium

  • Pickwickian — /pɪkˈwɪkiən/ (say pik wikeeuhn) adjective (of the use or interpretation of an expression) unusual, or intended to be understood in an unusual sense; recondite. {from Samuel Pickwick, the benevolent, naive founder of the Pickwick Club, in The… …   Australian English dictionary

  • pickwickian — adj. 1 of or like Mr Pickwick in Dickens s Pickwick Papers, esp. in being jovial, plump, etc. 2 (of words or their sense) misunderstood or misused, esp. to avoid offence …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Pick|wick|i|an — «pihk WIHK ee uhn», adjective. 1. of, having to do with, or characteristic of Samuel Pickwick, the chief character of Charles Dickens novel The Pickwick Papers, or the club which he founded. 2. given a special meaning for the occasion, regardless …   Useful english dictionary

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