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[ahy-doh-luh n] /aɪˈdoʊ lən/
noun, plural eidola
[ahy-doh-luh] /aɪˈdoʊ lə/ (Show IPA),
a phantom; apparition.
an ideal.
Origin of eidolon
First recorded in 1820-30; See origin at idol Unabridged
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  • Accounts say that it was her double, or eidolon, which figured at Troy.

  • Alas, yes, the eidolon of him was,—in Weber's and other such brains.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • For the time his thought was quit of its consequence; no eidolon outwardly repeated his inward vision.

    Between The Dark And The Daylight William Dean Howells
  • And there were other friends of the eidolon in England and inaccessible, whose letters of welcome awaited me at Gravesend.

    The Retrospect

    Ada Cambridge
  • In the background of all we fancy a hideous eidolon, from whose side even the damned recoil in loathing.

    Guy Livingstone; George A. Lawrence
  • Whichever way she turned the eidolon of Caroline met her as a bar to all further progress in her design upon the Intendant.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • The Homeric solution is to divide the man, or to double him, into his shade (eidolon) and his self.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • But if any one likes let us leave him a mere eidolon, an earlier "Great Unknown."

  • The house exists still, or the shell of it—the ghost of old Wenderholme, its appearance, its eidolon!

    Wenderholme Philip Gilbert Hamerton
  • I could thus see myself, gazing through my dream eyes on my eidolon, as if it were only a reflection in a mirror.

    She and I, Volume 2 John Conroy Hutcheson
British Dictionary definitions for eidolon


noun (pl) -la (-lə), -lons
an unsubstantial image; apparition; phantom
an ideal or idealized figure
Word Origin
C19: from Greek: phantom, idol
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Word Origin and History for eidolon

1828, from Greek eidolon (see idol).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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