Shavian

ADJECTIVE
  1. of or relating to George Bernard Shaw or his works
NOUN
  1. an admirer of G. B. Shaw or his works
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How To Use Shavian In A Sentence

  • After all, conservatives have been on a bender of Shavian wit lately: “You lie!” The Tea Party's moment of truth
  • But the complexity of his own world view he opposed British involvement in the war but was himself a power-worshiper with a totalitarian itch who believed passionately in human perfectibility charges what might have been a standard-issue Shavian sermon with the multilayered ambiguity of high art. Smile as the Bomb Goes Off
  • Light Up the Sky (1948), a rackety farce that Hart pretentiously described as "Shavian," is occasionally revived, but chiefly before the undemanding audiences for dinner theater and summer stock. Moss Hart Stars in Act Two: A Charmed and Troubled Life
  • Their names become adjectives: Dickensian, Shavian, Kafkaesque. The Nightmare Of Real Things
  • Opening with a full bosomed woman, Grace Tranfield (Rachel Botchan) in a compromising position with a known philanderer Leonard Charteris (Bradford Cover) on a divan, this comedy replete with Shavian tropes on such forward thinking subjects as the sexes, the coy pleasures of friendship vs. marriage, the virtues and joylessness of vegetarianism, the dialogue could have been lifted from the pages of a lifestyle magazine. Regina Weinreich: Titillation and Tantrums: Shaw's Philanderer at the Pearl Theater
  • But the complexity of his own world view he opposed British involvement in the war but was himself a power-worshiper with a totalitarian itch who believed passionately in human perfectibility charges what might have been a standard-issue Shavian sermon with the multilayered ambiguity of high art. Smile as the Bomb Goes Off
  • Thus they sat in the pretend world of Shavian witticism in the fading light, after which Buck took a shower but didn't offer the bathroom. FAIRYLAND
  • Much of Shavian drama is constructed around the inversion of a conventional theatrical situation.
  • Chesterton suggests them by queer novels and paradoxical essays; Shaw puts his ideas into the mouthpieces of those who are known as Shavian characters; he interprets his theories by the Stage, therefore his sermons reach tens of thousands who would not read him if he preached from a pulpit. Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  • That kind of Shavian subversion -- denying obvious narrative pleasures, whacking attitudes around, demanding that audiences keep up with the sly to-and-fro -- can be delightful. George Bernard Shaw's 'Misalliance' misses the mark at Olney Theatre Center
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