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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Definitions for eurhythmic

  1. characterized by a pleasing rhythm; harmoniously ordered or proportioned.
  2. of or relating to eurhythmics.

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Citations for eurhythmic
We must have had some such normal notions to fall back upon as our eyes swept that limitless, tempest-scarred plateau and grasped the almost endless labyrinth of colossal, regular, and geometrically eurhythmic stone masses which reared their crumbled and pitted crests above a glacial sheet not more than forty or fifty feet deep at its thickest ... H. P. Lovecraft, "At the Mountains of Madness," Astounding Stories, February–April 1936
There was eurhythmic grace about so much of what went on out there. Geoffrey Moorhouse, "Class of '46," At the George: And Other Essays on Rugby League, 1989
Origin of eurhythmic
The English eurhythmic conflates two Greek adjectives: rhythmikόs meaning “set to time, rhythmical (movement)”; eurhythmόs, having the wider range of meanings “rhythmical, harmonious (in music, dancing, or song); regular (of a pulse); graceful, orderly (of a person).” The prefix eu- is from Greek , an adverbial use of the neuter singular of the adjective eǘs “good, brave, noble,” very common in epic poetry. Eurhythmic is restricted in English to harmony and proportion in architecture and to the system of exercise with music and dancing. Eurhythmic entered English in the 19th century for the architecture sense, and in the 20th century for the music and dancing sense.