- a phantom; apparition.
- an ideal.
Origin of eidolon
First recorded in 1820–30; see origin at idol
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Examples from the Web for eidolon
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
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
In the background of all we fancy a hideous Eidolon, from whose side even the damned recoil in loathing.Guy Livingstone;
George A. Lawrence
- an unsubstantial image; apparition; phantom
- an ideal or idealized figure
C19: from Greek: phantom, idol
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Word Origin and History for eidolon
1828, from Greek eidolon (see idol).
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