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Midas

[mahy-duh s]
noun
  1. Classical Mythology. a Phrygian king, son of Gordius, who was given by Dionysus the power of turning whatever he touched into gold.
  2. a person of great wealth or great moneymaking ability.
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  • Among the worshippers of Pan was a certain Midas, who had a strange story.

    Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew

    Josephine Preston Peabody

  • Then the wonderful Bacchus told Midas he might have anything he should wish for as a reward.

    Classic Myths

    Mary Catherine Judd

  • After making the wish, King Midas leaped into his chariot to return home.

    Classic Myths

    Mary Catherine Judd

  • Midas knew him as soon as the peasants had brought him to the king's palace.

    Classic Myths

    Mary Catherine Judd

  • Midas went out into his garden and reached for the fruit that hung on the trees.

    Classic Myths

    Mary Catherine Judd


British Dictionary definitions for midas

Midas

noun
  1. Greek legend a king of Phrygia given the power by Dionysus of turning everything he touched to gold
  2. the Midas touch ability to make money
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MIDAS

n acronym for
  1. Missile Defence Alarm System
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Word Origin and History for midas

Midas

king of Phrygia whose touched turned everything to gold (including his food), 1560s. Some usages refer to the unrelated story of the ass's ears given him by Apollo for being dull to the charms of his lyre. The name is of Phrygian origin.

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midas in Culture

Midas

In classical mythology, a king who was granted one wish by the god Dionysus. Greedy for riches, Midas wished that everything he touched would turn to gold. He soon regretted his request. When he tried to eat, his food became inedible metal. When he embraced his daughter, she turned into a golden statue. On the instruction of Dionysus, he washed in a river and lost his touch of gold.

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Note

A person who is very successful or easily acquires riches is sometimes said to have a “Midas touch.”
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