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 (wĭch′ər-lē), William 1640?-1716.
English comic playwright and satirist whose plays include The Country Wife (1675) and The Plain Dealer (1676).
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(Biography) William. ?1640–1716, English dramatist. His Restoration comedies include The Country Wife (1675) and The Plain Dealer (1676)
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(ˈwɪtʃ ər li)

William, c1640–1716, English playwright.
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Noun1.Wycherley - English playwright noted for his humorous and satirical plays (1640-1716)Wycherley - English playwright noted for his humorous and satirical plays (1640-1716)
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This poet was named Wycherley, but by the time that Pope came to know him Wycherley had grown old and feeble, all his best work was done, and people were perhaps beginning to forget him.
Yet in spite of constant pain this little crooked boy, with his "little, tender, crazy carcass," as Wycherley called it, wrote the most astonishing poetry in a style which in his own day was considered the finest that could be written.
In comedy, during the first part of the period, stand Sir George Etherege and William Wycherley. The latter's 'Country Wife' has been called the most heartless play ever written.
Stafford Crown Court heard Gintautas Psenaska was living with Margaret Wycherley as her lodger when he strangled and kicked her to death in Oswestry, Shropshire, last May.
The owner of the Buttermarket club, Kerry Wycherley, 59, of Tenters Square, Wrexham was fined pounds ,5,000 and Shaun Le Dain, 40 of Mayfield Drive, Buckley, pounds 1,500.
Elsewhere, Ed McKeever and Paul Wycherley went one better than in the K2 500m to claim victory in the K2 1,000m ahead of Ben Brown and Jon Schofield.
Brannigan, also 37, of Wycherley Avenue, Linthorpe, was also involved in trouble.
BACHELOR'S Walk star Don Wycherley is to star in a new home-grown movie about the modern dating game.
John Wycherley, senior manger at George Wimpey's Swallow Court development in Coventry, where Andrew works, said: "We are delighted that Andrew has been recognised for his hard work and his performance throughout the year."
Robert will replace Don Wycherley, who played Father Aiden O'Connell.
Wycherley was sent to be educated in France at the age of 15.
The new `humane' comedies of the fin de siecle turn out to be just as dependent on earlier models as anything by Wycherley or Etherege, while the conservatism of a repertory system which depended for its survival on revived plays ensured that no revolutionary changes could take place, whatever well-charted casualties - the successful rake, the stupid citizen, the hierarchic plot - there may have been.