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Apollonian

[ ap-uh-loh-nee-uhn ]
/ ˌæp əˈloʊ ni ən /
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adjective
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).

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Origin of Apollonian

1655–65; <Greek apollṓni(os) of Apollo + -an
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How to use Apollonian in a sentence

  • 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|Igor Stravinsky
  • The two faces of the Greek art he calls the Apollonian and the Dionysian impulses.

    Egoists|James Huneker
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for Apollonian

Apollonian
/ (ˌæpəˈləʊnɪən) /

adjective
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
Compare Dionysian
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