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Cyprian

[sip-ree-uh n] /ˈsɪp ri ən/
noun
1.
Saint (Thascius Caecillus Cyprianus) a.d. c200–258, early church father, bishop, and martyr.

Cyprian

[sip-ree-uh n] /ˈsɪp ri ən/
adjective
1.
noting or pertaining to the worship of Aphrodite or to conduct inspired by Aphrodite.
2.
lewd; licentious.
3.
noun
4.
5.
a lewd or licentious person, especially a prostitute.
6.
the Cyprian, Aphrodite: so called because her cult was centered on Cyprus.
Origin of Cyprian
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin Cypri(us) of Cyprus (< Greek Kýprios, derivative of Kýpros Cyprus) + -an
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  • Cyprian was at first banished to Curubis in Africa Proconsularis.

  • Was it for this, perchance, that the Cyprian nobles came less heartily?

    The Royal Pawn of Venice Mrs. Lawrence Turnbull
  • He had soon finished reading of "The Cyprian" and her revenge, and looked at the sky instead.

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • Cyprian in some places testifies that the blood was given to the people.

  • Tertullian is a thorough Carlstad; Cyprian the martyr is a feeble theologian.

  • Cyprian Eveleth said to his sister, after a brief word of greeting.

    The Guardian Angel Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • He leaves, and Cyprian says, ‘I never met a more learned person.’

    Demonology and Devil-lore Moncure Daniel Conway
  • Olive could not restrain her tears, as she handed the letter to Cyprian.

    The Guardian Angel Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • "I have no fear of Cyprian Rougemont," rejoined Reeks, with a laugh.

    Auriol W. Harrison Ainsworth
  • In a very short time Cyprian Eveleth was on his way to Boston.

    The Guardian Angel Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
British Dictionary definitions for Cyprian

Cyprian1

/ˈsɪprɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Cyprus
2.
of or resembling the ancient orgiastic worship of Aphrodite on Cyprus
noun
3.
(often not capital) (obsolete) a licentious person, esp a prostitute or dancer
noun, adjective
4.
another word for Cypriot

Cyprian2

/ˈsɪprɪən/
noun
1.
Saint. ?200–258 ad, bishop of Carthage and martyr. Feast day: Sept 26 or 16
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Word Origin and History for Cyprian
adj.

1620s, "of Cyprus," from Latin Cyprianus, from Cyprius, from Greek Kyprios (see Cyprus). The island was famous in ancient times as the birthplace of Aphrodite and for erotic worship rituals offered to her there; hence Cyprian meant "licentious, lewd," the earliest attested sense in English (1590s) and was applied 18c.-19c. to prostitutes.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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