- pertaining to the cult of Apollo.
- (lowercase) serene, calm, or well-balanced; poised and disciplined.
- (lowercase) having the properties of or preferring classic beauty.Compare Dionysian(def 2).
Origin of Apollonian
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Examples from the Web for apollonian
The two faces of the Greek art he calls the Apollonian and the Dionysian impulses.Egoists
Arnobius and the fathers of the fourth century generally believed in the Apollonian thaumaturgy and attributed it to magic.Demonology and Devil-lore
Moncure Daniel Conway
Mayburn, folding his slice of bread-and-butter, took her harshness with Apollonian serenity.The Shadow of Life
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
I am thus brought face to face with the eternal conflict in art between the Apollonian and the Dionysian principles.An Autobiography
- of or relating to Apollo or the cult of Apollo
- (sometimes not capital) (in the philosophy of Nietzsche) denoting or relating to the set of static qualities that encompass form, reason, harmony, sobriety, etc
- (often not capital) harmonious; serene; ordered
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Word Origin and History for apollonian
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