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Cyprian1

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

Cyprian2

[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.
Cypriot (def 3).
noun
4.
a person from Cyprus or the language spoken there.
5.
a lewd or licentious person, especially a prostitute.
6.
the Cyprian, Aphrodite: so called because her cult was centered on Cyprus.
Origin of Cyprian2
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin Cypri(us) of Cyprus (< Greek Kýprios, derivative of Kýpros Cyprus) + -an
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Examples from the Web for Cyprian
Historical Examples
  • Cyprian's care not only extended over Carthage, but to Numidia and Mauritania.

  • On the right we see the images of Cornelius and Cyprian, bishop of Carthage.

    Pagan and Christian Rome Rodolfo Lanciani
  • Nor did Cyprian think them propitious when taken into counsel.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • His accuser, Cyprian, still apparently a young man, was also a Roman nobleman.

    Theodoric the Goth Thomas Hodgkin
  • This is one possible view of Cyprian's character and purposes.

    Theodoric the Goth Thomas Hodgkin
  • Cyprian, accuser in King's Court, 267; charges others of treason, 271.

    Theodoric the Goth Thomas Hodgkin
  • Was it for this, perchance, that the Cyprian nobles came less heartily?

    The Royal Pawn of Venice

    Mrs. Lawrence Turnbull
  • I would have had another of our Cyprian nobles, because of this jealousy of Venice.

    The Royal Pawn of Venice

    Mrs. Lawrence Turnbull
  • Cyprian in some places testifies that the blood was given to the people.

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

    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.

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