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[fid-ee-uh n] /ˈfɪd i ən/
of, associated with, or following the style of Phidias, as exemplified in the Parthenon.
Origin of Phidian
First recorded in 1800-10; Phidi(as) + -an
Related forms
post-Phidian, adjective
pre-Phidian, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Phidian or Michael Angelesque forms gather their own peculiar associations of divinity or power.

    Imaginations and Reveries (A.E.) George William Russell
  • These are the entelechy of Phidian Genius; and who but must see these in Chantreys solar face, and in all his manners?

  • The other great Phidian ideal, that of Athena, was represented by several statues, both in Athens and in other cities.

    Religion and Art in Ancient Greece Ernest Arthur Gardner
  • But this is only a farmer's criticism,—a Crispin feeling the bunions on some Phidian statue.

  • And underneath, Apollo, crossing the sea to Delphi, of the Phidian time.

    Lectures on Art John Ruskin
  • It is true that full drapery seems more consistent with the dignified and august figures of Phidian art.

    Religion and Art in Ancient Greece Ernest Arthur Gardner
  • In Beauty's own dear day, had shone a polished Phidian vase!

  • Like the Phidian Zeus his proportions are all the more majestic for the distance which rounds over any venial defect.

    The Land We Live In Henry Mann
  • "Gone to console his 'sleepy Venus' for the damage done to her 'Phidian nose,'" she says to Taffy, with rather a bitter laugh.

    Airy Fairy Lilian Margaret Wolfe Hamilton (AKA Duchess)
  • His hard face was ashen with rage, and he stared at a calendar on the wall with his cold, Phidian stare.

    The Valley of the Giants Peter B. Kyne

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