Also found in: Wikipedia.


Of or relating to a style of satirical or mock-heroic verse composed in rhymed iambic tetrameter couplets.

[After Hudibras, a satiric epic by Samuel Butler.]


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) mock-heroic in style
[C18: after Hudibras, poem (1663–68) by Samuel Butler]


(ˌhyu dəˈbræs tɪk or, often, ˌyu-)

of, like, or in the mock-heroic style of Samuel Butler's poem Hudibras (published 1663-78), written in a doggerel of octosyllabic couplets.
[1705–15; Hudibras + -tic]
Hu`di•bras′ti•cal•ly, adv.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
3) The long Hudibrastic poem Alma, or, The Progress of the Mind, written in dialogic form during Priors confinement in 1715-16 and published in 1719, sheds light on a vein of humorous scepticism that descends from Montaigne to Pope and Hume.
With its bathetic juxtaposition of Arthurian knights and modern lawyers, this passage bears traces of the playful, Hudibrastic tone that informed large sections of the poem's early drafts but which Bloomfield removed before publication, on advice from friends.
Hudibrastic rhymes, especially as practised by Byron:
Cunningham all but own the couplet form for contemporary poetry, and Cassity is an outright virtuoso, writing not only heroic couplets, but the tetrameter and dimeter variety, and employing, as Tuma has noted, a rich variety of sonic devices including polysyllabic and hudibrastic rhymes.
Yet while the form may be Hudibrastic, the content of the `strange desire' exhibited here (and elsewhere) is reminiscent of the Audenesque: the `sovereign touch / Curing the intolerable neural itch, / The exhaustion of weaning and the liar's quinsy' (The English Auden, p.
Fielding's spirit in the poem 'To a Friend' draws mainly from the Juvenalian, though one hears echoes of the Hudibrastic and the Horatian.
17) "The Sotweed Factor" ("sotweed" is tobacco, "factor" a merchant/buyer) is a hudibrastic satire that chronicles the misadventures of an English factor during a short sojourn in the colony.
He would versify his voyage to Maryland from beginning to end, as he had planned before, but so far from writing a panegyric, he would scourge the Province with tha lash of Hudibrastic as a harlot is scourged at t he public post, catalogue her every wickedness, and expose her every traps laid for the trusting, thc unwary, thc innocent
There is nothing necessarily wrong with accessibility, nothing outmoded about Hudibrastic couplets such as those Auden employs in "New Year Letter" - it is arrogant, elitist nonsense to think so.
As a record of the Citizen's ancestral tradition, this list demonstrates that he is as hubristic and humorous as he is a hudibrastic figure.
In The Sot-Weed Factor (1708), Marylander <IR> EBENEZER COOK's </IR> fictional and unreliable narrator laid a Hudibrastic curse on the doorstep of the New World because of the harsh treatment he received.