[fid-ee-uh n]


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 formspost-Phid·i·an, adjectivepre-Phid·i·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for phidian

Historical Examples of phidian

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

    Lectures on Art

    John Ruskin

  • In Beauty's own dear day, had shone a polished Phidian vase!

  • Phidian or Michael Angelesque forms gather their own peculiar associations of divinity or power.

    Imaginations and Reveries

    (A.E.) George William Russell

  • "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)

  • These are the entelechy of Phidian Genius; and who but must see these in Chantreys solar face, and in all his manners?