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Monday, October 29, 2012

Definitions for eidolon

  1. A phantom; apparition.
  2. An ideal.

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Citations for eidolon
"An eidolon, a manifestation, if you will, sent up to us from the uttermost deeps to bring about the end of the world." Neil Gaiman, Looking for the Girl
It was the ghoulish shade of decay, antiquity, and desolation; the putrid, dripping eidolon of unwholesome revelation, the awful baring of that which the merciful earth should always hide. H.P. Lovecraft, The Outsider
Origin of eidolon
1820-1830
Eidolon comes from the more common word idol, which originally referred to pagan religious idols. It was first used in the 1820s.