Definition of "leonine" []

  • Of, relating to, or characteristic of a lion. (adjective)
  • Of, characteristic of, or resembling a lion (adjective)

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Use "leonine" in a sentence
  • "The state increasingly becomes a tool to protect “wage contracts” which are increasingly leonine, that is, based on inequality."
  • "A programme that posits the notion of leonine alpha-male big beasts of the suburban conservatory sharing tobacco-smooth post-snifter badinage - not even behind a desk, but right out in front on the crotch-fanning plinth of the low-slung sofa - suddenly became noticeably stiff‑backed and taut, its banter infused with fresh levels of glazed menace."
  • "Here he is, a debut author, lounging around Paris cafés and smirking at the hordes of "leonine" Hemingway poseurs."