[ kuh-lon ]
/ kəˈlɒn /
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(especially in ancient Greek philosophy) the ideal of beauty, especially moral goodness or nobility: He had done what was morally right and necessary, had taken possession of kalon, and thus fulfilled his destiny as a man.Achilles decides that his physical life is less important than the demands of kalon.
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Origin of kalon
First recorded in 1745–50; from Greek kalón, neuter of kalós, “beautiful, fair”; cf. calli-
Words nearby kalon
Kalmar Sound, kalmia, Kalmuck, Kalmykia, Kalmyk Republic, kalon, kalong, kalpa, kalpak, kalpis, kalsomine
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How to use kalon in a sentence
The fruit characters of To-Kalon are so similar to those of Catawba that it was hardly worthy of introduction.The Grapes of New York|U. P. Hedrick
Only a few atoms of kalon and meta-kalon have been found in the air of a fair-sized room.Occult Chemistry|Annie Besant and Charles W. Leadbeater
He agreed that the tragedy had inspired these sentiments in him, and that there was the to kalon, beauty.Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary|Voltaire
He admitted that the tragedy had inspired him with these two sentiments, and that it was the To Kalon, the beautiful.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 2 (of 10)|Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
The man who called himself Kalon was a magnificent creature, worthy, in a physical sense, to be the pontiff of Apollo.The Innocence of Father Brown|G. K. Chesterton