Definition of Jonathan Swift from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Jonathan Swift

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(1667-1745) an Irish writer, best known as the author of Gulliver's Travels. He was the dean (= priest in charge of the other priests) of St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, but also spent much time in London, where he knew many important writers and politicians. He is considered one of the greatest satirists (= writers who use humour to criticize people and things such as the social and political systems) in English literature. He also wrote poetry.