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 (bī′rən), George Gordon Sixth Baron Byron. 1788-1824.
British poet acclaimed as one of the leading figures of the romantic movement. The "Byronic hero"—lonely, rebellious, and brooding—first appeared in Childe Harold's Pilgrimage (1812-1818). Among his other works are Manfred (1817) and the epic satire Don Juan (1819-1824). He died while working to secure Greek independence from the Turks.

By·ron′ic (bī-rŏn′ĭk) adj.
By·ron′i·cal·ly adv.
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(baɪˈrɒn ɪk)

of or like Lord Byron or his work, as in displaying romanticism.
By•ron′i•cal•ly, adv.
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Truly, a Byronic hero! Franz could not, we will not say see him, but even think of him without imagining his stern head upon Manfred's shoulders, or beneath Lara's helmet.
Rather than following a simple trajectory from anti-hero to ideal partner, Darcy retains, as does Wentworth, an occasionally grave disposition and a contemptuous look to rival the Byronic hero's sneer.
(3) The Byronic hero constituted a cult in which Pushkin found a subject for satire, in part as a result of the borrowing he had made from Byron in his own early work.
His own story, here wonderfully told by David Crane, whose first book this is, goes far beyond any imaginative youthful fantasy into the real, but unromantically long, life of a true Byronic hero.
Octavio Paz has observed that what Maqroll's eyes discover, "quicksand, the dense, dwarfed vegetation of malaria, immense salt marshes, obelisks and squared towers, a geometry of prisons, offices and slaughterhouses--is not so much a physical world as a moral landscape." Which makes him the perfect Byronic hero: melancholic, defiant, brooding on some mysterious, unforgivable sin of the past.
The world-weary Childe Harold came to personify the so-called Byronic hero. The work also voiced with a frankness unprecedented in the literature of that time the disparity between romantic ideals and the realities of the world.
Bertrand Russell was so impressed with Byron's contribution to this form of titantic self-assertion that he devotes an entire chapter to the Byronic hero in his History of Western Philosophy.
The novel relates the experiences of its Byronic hero, Eugene.
Lay of the day Byronic Hero (2.40 Pontefract) The gelding sets the standard on his course and distance second behind the useful Vital Gold (pair clear) here in July.
In fact, this sense of the lost Paradise, of the fallen Adam, is central to the consideration of what has been termed the Byronic hero, the main figure in the works under consideration.
Yet despite this potpourri of Gothic, proto-Gothic, and quasi-Gothic characters evoked by Zeluco (Kelly adds to the list the Romantics' version of Napoleon as he suggests reasons for the novel's continuing popularity into the first years of the nineteenth century (32)), Zeluco sits a little oddly in their company, for a very simple reason: notwithstanding Byron's conviction that Zeluco was a prototype of the glamorous Byronic hero, the narrator goes out of his way to strip Zeluco of charisma, a process reinforced by Zeluco's own remarkable immunity to self-awareness or gnawing Byronic misery.
Wentworth articulates the Byronic hero's commitment to constancy in love.