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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.

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