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Monday, July 23, 2018

Definitions for leonine

  1. resembling or suggestive of a lion.
  2. of or relating to the lion.
  3. (usually initial capital letter) of or relating to Leo, especially Leo IV or Leo XIII.

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Citations for leonine
Only a few discerned the inexorable firmness in the depth of his soul, and the magnanimous and leonine qualities of his nature. Plutarch (c46–c120), "Fabius Maximus," Plutarch's Lives, Volume III, translated by Bernadotte Perrin, 1916
George Clooney was at home in Los Angeles one afternoon in mid-January, a few days before he flew to Sudan in his new role as a United Nations “Messenger of Peace” (an appointment that overlooked reports of a recent public scuffle with Fabio, the leonine model). Ian Parker, "Somebody Has to Be in Control," The New Yorker, April 14, 2008
Origin of leonine
1350-1400
The English adjective leonine comes from Latin leōnīnus, a derivative of the noun leō (inflectional stem leōn-), a borrowing from Greek léōn (inflectional stem léont-). Léōn is not a Greek word, but it does look somewhat like Hebrew lābhī; both the Greek and the Hebrew nouns may be borrowings from a third language. The Greek historian Herodotus (484?-425? b.c.) and the philosopher Aristotle (384-322 b.c.) both assert that lions were rare in Europe in their day but were still found. Leonine entered English in the 14th century.
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