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[af-ruh-dahy-tee] /ˌæf rəˈdaɪ ti/
the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty, identified by the Romans with Venus.
Also called Anadyomene, Cypris, Cytherea. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • One Aphrodite is Urania or celestial, the other Pandemos or common.

  • When Hephæstus caught Ares and Aphrodite in his net the gods all enjoyed the joke.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • In course of time, a distinction arose in the conception of Aphrodite, expressed by the surname applied to her.

    Greek Women Mitchell Carroll
  • There was placed on exhibition a famous Greek marble, a statue of Aphrodite.

  • His marriage to Aphrodite typifies "the association of fire with the life-giving forces of nature."

    Nature Mysticism J. Edward Mercer
  • And it was draggled, begrimed, uncleanly, as never were the doves of Aphrodite.

    The Tinted Venus F. Anstey
British Dictionary definitions for Aphrodite


(Greek myth) the goddess of love and beauty, daughter of Zeus Roman counterpart Venus Also called Cytherea
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Aphrodite

Greek goddess of love and beauty; by the ancients, her name was derived from Greek aphros "foam," from the story of her birth, but perhaps it is ultimately from Phoenician Ashtaroth (Assyrian Ishtar). In 17c. English, pronounced to rhyme with night, right, etc.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Aphrodite in Culture
Aphrodite [(af-ruh-deye-tee)]

[Roman name Venus]

The Greek and Roman goddess of love and beauty; the mother of Eros and Aeneas. In what may have been the first beauty contest, Paris awarded her the prize (the apple of discord), choosing her over Hera and Athena as the most beautiful goddess (see Judgment of Paris). She was thought to have been born out of the foam of the sea and is thus often pictured rising from the water, notably in The Birth of Venus, by Botticelli.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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