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Spen·ce·ri·an 1

Of or relating to Herbert Spencer or his philosophy.
A follower of Herbert Spencer.

Spen·ce·ri·an 2

Of or relating to an ornate style of writing employing rounded letters slanted to the right.

[After Platt Rogers Spencer (1800-1864), American handwriting expert.]


(spɛnˈsɪər i ən)

1. of Herbert Spencer or his philosophy.
2. a follower of Herbert Spencer.
References in classic literature ?
The Spencerian stanza, with its rich variety of movement and its harmonious closes, long shut "Childe Harold" from me, and whenever I found a poem in any book which did not rhyme its second line with its first I read it unwillingly or not at all.
Buy me a package of cigarettes instead.' He was a Spencerian like you till Kreis turned him to materialistic monism.
But Norton was no Spencerian, and he, too, strove for Martin's philosophic soul, talking as much at him as to his two opponents.
It was rumored that Miss Maxwell "wrote," which word, when uttered in a certain tone, was understood to mean not that a person had command of penmanship, Spencerian or otherwise, but that she had appeared in print.
As a philosopher, however, Nietzsche does not stand or fall by his objections to the Darwinian or Spencerian cosmogony.
I am good enough Herbert Spencerian, I trust, to meet little thing like death, which is all in my fate, you know.
Thanks to his American disciples, John Fiske and Edward Youmans, Spencer's ideas were communicated to a large American readership, but Kallen's exposure to Spencerian ideas about the mind, culture, and society was mediated through his teachers at Harvard, William James and Josiah Royce, and his friend and colleague John Dewey, a group that has been dubbed the "reforming Spencerians." (60) Although Spencer's scientific and philosophical influence had dwindled dramatically by the turn of the century, the notion of mental inheritance continued to live on, in part because it received reinforcement from another quarter--Volkerpsychologie, or "folk psychology."
Its key is ambiguously anthropocentric: on the one hand, the goal is to make "man" the master of nature; on the other, the means used--a hybrid between the Malthusian struggle for scarce supplies and the Spencerian survival of the fittest--are seen as natural ones, whereas they constitute the retroprojection, within the natural realm, of the ethos of the industrial revolution.
For example, King, in the first paragraph of his response, writes: 'Nowhere in my article did I [...] suggest that Freeman was attempting to exclude other anthropologists from research on the Iban.' Yet in his article (King 2017:107), he wrote, 'Freeman became identified with the Iban and he defended his close bond with them by attempting to exclude others from his domain'; and (King 2017:96), 'His [Heppell's] position is clearly [...] following Freeman [emphasis mine], to exclude unwelcome intruders from the Iban anthropological domain.' Another example is the frequent references King (2017:96, 97, 101, 106) made in his initial article, with a further mention in his response, to my use of the Spencerian concept of the survival of the fittest--except I have never mentioned this.
That this kind of recruitment represented a pattern is neatly demonstrated by an entry in the inaugural issue of the Spencerian, the magazine of Bishop Spencer College, in 1921.
Plus, if she is being Spencerian or Shakespearean in seeking immortalization through her art, then this is again mostly unlikely, since Rikkat's life journey is not that of a person running after fame after her departure.
This script font went on to be known as 'Spencerian'.