Words related to -ian

collegian (n.)

"a member of a college," late 14c., from college + -ian.

contrarian (n.)

"a contradictor, one that is by nature in opposition to prevailing  opinions, or the shibboleths of the majority," 1963, from contrary + -ian.

To be in opposition is not to be a nihilist. And there is no decent or charted way of making a living at it. It is something you are, and not something you do. [Christopher Hitchens, "Letters to a Young Contrarian," 2001]

Latin contrarius (adj.) also was used as a noun meaning "an opponent, an antagonist." In English history, contrariant (from French, from Medieval Latin contrariantem) was the name given to Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, and the barons who took part with him in the rebellion against Edward II, "because, on account of their great power, it was not expedient to call them rebels or traitors" [Century Dictionary].

Devonian (adj.)

1610s, "of or pertaining to Devonshire;" see Devon + -ian. The earlier adjective was Devonish (early 14c.). In reference to a geological era, 1837, applied by Murchison, because the formations of that age are prominent in the county, where they first were studied.

Dickensian (adj.)

1849, "pertaining to or in the style of English novelist Charles Dickens" (1812-1870), from Dickens + -ian. The surname is "son of Dickon," an old diminutive nickname for Richard that is also the source of Dickinson, etc. Similar formation in Wilkins, Watkins, Jenkins, etc. Dickensesque is from 1856.

Dravidian (adj.)

1856, "pertaining to the race in southern India or the languages spoken by them" (Tamil, Telugu, Kanarese, Malayalam, etc.), from Sanskrit Dravidah, name of a region in southern India, + -ian.

Edwardian (adj.)
1861, in reference to the medieval English kings of that name; 1908 in the sense of "of the time or reign of Edward VII" (1901-10), and, since 1934, especially with reference to the men's clothing styles (as in teddy-boy, 1954, for which see Teddy). From Edward + -ian.
late 14c., Egypcyan, adjective and noun; see Egypt + -ian. Old English had Egiptisc. Meaning "the language of Egypt" is from 1550s.
electrician (n.)
1751, "scientist concerned with electricity;" 1869 as "technician concerned with electrical systems and appliances;" see electric + -ian.
epicurean (n.)
late 14c., "follower of the philosophical system of Epicurus," from Old French Epicurien, or from epicure + -ian. From 1570s as "one devoted to pleasure." As an adjective, attested from 1580s in the philosophical sense and 1640s with the meaning "pleasure-loving."

1738 (n.), 1768 (adj.), from episcopal + -ian. Related: Episcopalianism (by 1821).

The awkward derivative episcopalianism, seems to be used for episcopacy, a good English word, which was quite sufficient for the purposes of our honest forefathers, who were strangers to this ridiculous innovation. The word complained of is also reprehensible on the ground of its sectarian termination. ["On the Terms Episcopalian and Episcopalianism," in The Gospel Advocate, October 1821]

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