Also found in: Thesaurus, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


 (ĭb′sən, ĭp′-), Henrik Johan 1828-1906.
Norwegian playwright noted for symbolic verse dramas such as Peer Gynt (1867) and for realist plays such as A Doll's House (1879) and Hedda Gabler (1890).

Ib·sen′i·an (-sē′nē-ən, -sĕn′ē-) adj.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(Biography) Henrik (ˈhɛnrɪk). 1828–1906, Norwegian dramatist and poet. After his early verse plays Brand (1866) and Peer Gynt (1867), he began the series of social dramas in prose, including A Doll's House (1879), Ghosts (1881), and The Wild Duck (1886), which have had a profound influence on modern drama. His later plays, such as Hedda Gabler (1890) and The Master Builder (1892), are more symbolic
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ˈɪb sən)

Henrik, 1828–1906, Norwegian playwright.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Ibsen - realistic Norwegian author who wrote plays on social and political themes (1828-1906)Ibsen - realistic Norwegian author who wrote plays on social and political themes (1828-1906)
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in classic literature ?
In Bjornson there is nothing of Ibsen's scornful despair, nothing of his anarchistic contempt, but his art is full of the warmth and color of a poetic soul, with no touch of the icy cynicism which freezes you in the other.
The play was The Doll's House and the author was Henrik Ibsen.
Some days after the vision of the hotel by night she was sitting alone, sunk in an arm-chair, reading a brightly-covered red volume lettered on the back Works of Henrik Ibsen .
Henry Sweet, then a young man, lacked their sweetness of character: he was about as conciliatory to conventional mortals as Ibsen or Samuel Butler.
"One can but see," he remarked, adding, "as Ibsen says,
The program is a mix of scholarships and collaboration with students and educators, offering support to students and investing time to help nurture them, Ibsen says.
It is not that Ibsen's influence on Williams has been entirely ignored.
The centenary of Ibsen's death was widely commemorated in 2006.
Ibsen is often referred to as "the father of modern drama" and his plays were considered scandalous to many of his era, when Victorian values of family life and propriety largely held sway in Europe.