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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Augustan  \Au*gus"tan\,  a.  [L.  Augustanus  fr  Augustus.  See 
  {August},  n.] 
  1.  Of  or  pertaining  to  Augustus  C[ae]sar  or  to  his  times. 
 
  2.  Of  or  pertaining  to  the  town  of  Augsburg 
 
  {Augustan  age}  of  any  national  literature,  the  period  of  its 
  highest  state  of  purity  and  refinement;  --  so  called 
  because  the  reign  of  Augustus  C[ae]sar  was  the  golden  age 
  of  Roman  literature.  Thus  the  reign  of  Louis  XIV.  (b. 
  1638)  has  been  called  the  Augustan  age  of  French 
  literature,  and  that  of  Queen  Anne  (b.  1664)  the  Augustan 
  age  of  English  literature. 
 
  {Augustan  confession}  (Eccl.  Hist.),  or  confession  of 
  Augsburg  drawn  up  at  Augusta  Vindelicorum  or  Augsburg 
  by  Luther  and  Melanchthon  in  1530,  contains  the 
  principles  of  the  Protestants,  and  their  reasons  for 
  separating  from  the  Roman  Catholic  church. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Augustan 
  adj  :  relating  to  or  characteristic  of  the  times  of  the  Roman 
  emperor  Augustus;  "the  Augustan  Age"  [syn:  {Augustan}] 




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