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Word of the day: Apollonian

Apollonian

[ap-ə-LOH-nee-ən]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Greek, 17th century

Relating to the rational, ordered, and self-disciplined aspects of human nature.

Examples of apollonian in a sentence

"Adam considered himself to have Apollonian traits."

"His combination of excellent grades and participation in several sports gave him an Apollonian reputation."

About Apollonian

This word hails directly from the Greek god Apollo. The Greek adjective was “Apollonios.”

Did you Know?

The ancient Greeks put the god Apollo on a pedestal because he was the god of poetry, music, healing, and more. Twentieth-century German philosophers juxtaposed the sons of Zeus — Apollo (archetype of rationality and calmness) and Dionysus (archetype of passion, emotions, and instinct) — in a long-lasting duality.

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