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Endymion

[en-dim-ee-uh n] /ɛnˈdɪm i ən/
noun
1.
Classical Mythology. a young man kept forever youthful through eternal sleep and loved by Selene.
2.
(italics) a narrative poem (1818) by John Keats.
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  • His poem "Endymion" was criticised severely in the Quarterly Review.

  • One of her pursuers (the Endymion) overtook her, when a sharp action began.

  • Yet for Endymion the things of earth no longer held any value.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • The late Mr. Stibbs bought the 'remainder' of Keats's 'Endymion' at 4d.

    The Book-Hunter in London William Roberts
  • We cannot wonder that Endymion attracted Shakespeare, for it is the most "romantic" of all Lyly's plays.

    John Lyly John Dover Wilson
  • The Endymion is come into the Downs, which pleases him likewise.

    Jane Austen, Her Life and Letters

    William Austen-Leigh and Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh
  • The view which Keats took of his own Endymion is a far larger and bolder one.

    Joyous Gard Arthur Christopher Benson
  • He has caught the Endymion, and has killed about half her crew doing it.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • Therefore, 'tis with full happiness that I Will trace the story of Endymion.

    Endymion John Keats
  • This will become plain, if we take the Greek sayings or myths about Endymion and Selênê.

    Moon Lore Timothy Harley
British Dictionary definitions for Endymion

Endymion

/ɛnˈdɪmɪən/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) a handsome youth who was visited every night by the moon goddess Selene, who loved him
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Word Origin and History for Endymion

beautiful youth loved by Moon-goddess Selene, from Greek, perhaps literally "diver, plunger," from endyein "to enter into, sink into, plunge, dive," which was used in reference to the sun or stars setting into the sea. On this theory, he originally was a solar deity, a personification of the setting sun.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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