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[pey-fee-uh n] /ˈpeɪ fi ən/
of or relating to Paphos, an ancient city of Cyprus sacred to Aphrodite.
of or relating to love, especially illicit sexual love; erotic; wanton.
noting or pertaining to Aphrodite or to her worship or service.
the Paphian, Aphrodite: so called from her cult center at Paphos.
(often lowercase) a prostitute.
Origin of Paphian
1605-15; < Latin Paphi(us) (< Greek Páphios of Paphos, of Aphrodite) + -an Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Paphian
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  • He will swear you are not only wiser than Minerva, but fairer than the Paphian queen!

    Munster Village Mary Hamilton
  • A small model of a temple is peculiarly Phnician, like that repeated upon Paphian coins.

    History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
  • Would you worship the Paphian goddess, the groves of Cyprus are not more taciturn than those of the Temple.

    The Warden

    Anthony Trollope
  • Another daughter of the Paphian divinity presides at the shrine of rouge et noir.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage
  • The performances at the Paphian Hall on that festive occasion need not be described here with accuracy.

    Marion Fay

    Anthony Trollope
  • A tear the Paphian sheds for each blood-drop of Adonis, and tears and blood on the earth are turned to flowers.

  • Paphian; a reference to Paphos in Cyprus where Aphrodit first set foot after her birth from sea foam.

  • He might have been an overgrown and badly dressed Cupid who had innocently wandered from Paphian shores.

  • No Paphian girls were introduced; no practical jokes were played; the cook and the housemaid remained in the servants quarters.

    The Love Affairs of Lord Byron

    Francis Henry Gribble
  • Hence will it tend to dissensualise its nature into fantastic passions, the idolatry of Paphian priestesses.

    Anima Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge
British Dictionary definitions for Paphian


of or relating to Paphos
of or relating to Aphrodite
(literary) of sexual love
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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