Adonis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Adonis (Greek mythology) a handsome youth loved by both Aphrodite and Persephone "when Adonis died Zeus decreed that he should spend winters in the underworld with Persephone and spend summers with Aphrodite"
    • n adonis any handsome young man
    • n Adonis annual or perennial herbs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Adonis (Bot) A genus of plants of the family Ranunculaceæ, containing the pheasant's eye (Adonis autumnalis); -- named from Adonis, whose blood was fabled to have stained the flower.
    • Adonis A preëminently beautiful young man; a dandy.
    • Adonis (Gr. Myth) A youth beloved by Venus for his beauty. He was killed in the chase by a wild boar.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Adonis A beau; a dandy; an exquisite: as, he is quite an Adonis. In botany, a genus of European plants belonging to the natural order Ranunculaceæ. In the corn-adonis, or pheasant's-eye, A. autumnalis, the petals are bright scarlet, and are considered as emblematical of the blood of Adonis, from which the plant is fabled to have sprung.
    • n Adonis [lowercase] A kind of wig formerly worn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Adonis a-dō′nis a beautiful youth, beloved by Aphrodite (Venus): a beau or dandy
    • v.t Adonis and v.i. Ad′onise, to make beautiful
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., gr. Gr. 'A`dwnis

Usage

In literature:

Besides, she was tired of Tawny Adonis; he was destructive, and a secret source of worry if she could have been made to admit it.
"The Gorgeous Girl" by Nalbro Bartley
The chief god, whatever name he bears, El, Baal, Moloch, Rimmon, or Adonis, is always the sun.
"History of Religion" by Allan Menzies
Woe, woe, for Adonis!
"Storyology" by Benjamin Taylor
Uffizi: Fornarina, 1512; Death of Adonis.
"The Venetian School of Painting" by Evelyn March Phillipps
After Joshua's death, the tribe of Judah fought against Adoni-bezek.
"Bible Romances" by George W. Foote
The women took the leading part and mourned for Osiris, Adonis or Bacchus.
"The Sex Worship and Symbolism of Primitive Races" by Sanger Brown, II
Venus, the goddess of love, is enamored of a beautiful boy, called Adonis, and tries in vain by every device to win his affection.
"An Introduction to Shakespeare" by H. N. MacCracken
Osiris, Adonis die indeed in order to rise again.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
THE POEMS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, PRINTED AFTER THE ORIGINAL COPIES OF VENUS AND ADONIS, 1593.
"The Art and Craft of Printing" by William Morris
She promised that one day he should be blessed, and with Adonis she then rose heavenward in her car.
"Life of John Keats" by William Michael Rossetti
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In poetry:

Venus by Adonis' side
Crying kiss'd, and kissing cried,
Wrung her hands and tore her hair
For Adonis dying there.
""Venus" by William Browne of Tavistock
Like this disorder'd, wild, forlorn,
Big with ten thousand fears,
Thee, my Adonis, did I mourn
E'en beautiful in tears.
"The Judgement Of Venus" by Matthew Prior
Cytherea, thy dainty Adonis is dying!
Ah, what shall we do?
O Nymphs, let it echo, the voice of your crying,
The greenwood through!
"A Lament For Adonis" by Sappho
Rich, thou hadst many lovers -- poor, hast none,
So surely want extinguishes the flame,
And she who call'd thee once her pretty one,
And her Adonis, now inquires thy name.
"On Female Inconstancy (From The Greek)" by William Cowper
Since Adonis was gored in Idalia, and the Cytharean
Ran crying with out-spread hair,
In vain, you call back the shade,
In vain, Cynthia. Vain call to unanswering shadow,
Small talk comes from small bones.
"Homage To Sextus Propertius - VI" by Ezra Pound
Weep, all ye streams, ye mountains, groan;
I mourn Columbo, dead and gone; Still let my tender grief complain,
Nor day nor night that grief restrain; I said, and Venus still replied,
Columbo and Adonis died.
"The Turtle And Sparrow. An Elegiac Tale" by Matthew Prior

In news:

Adonis Stevenson stops Don George in 12th round in IBF eliminator .
MONTREAL — Canadian super-middleweight Adonis Stevenson stopped Donovan George in the 12th round Friday night in a free-swinging IBF elimination bout.
Andre Dirrell's IBF eliminator bout with Adonis Stevenson falls through due to the late notice.
Carolyn Bailey as Venus in John Blow's "Venus and Adonis".
Adonis Ameen-Moore scored on 1-yard run, Dyshawn Davis returned a fumble 52 yards for another score, and Syracuse broke out of a yearlong funk with a 14-13 victory over Pittsburgh on Friday night.
Jordan and Jensen Adoni of Modern Vice Shoes on Their NYC Roots.
Members of the media put microphones on University of Memphis Basketball player Adonis Thomas during a press conference at the U of M Athletic Office Building in March.
Memphis coach Josh Pastner not buying analysts' perception that sophomore Adonis Thomas' draft stock falling.
Adonis Talbert didn't expect this.
Memphis coach Josh Pastner not buying analysts' perception that sophomore Adonis Thomas' draft stock falling .
Adonis is a big jerk.
Ninth-graders Autumn and Adonis are polar opposites.
(WGGB) — Joesfa Morales doesn't play any games when it comes to getting her 8 year old son Adonis to bed at a decent hour.
Being selected for the unique opportunity to perform in Prague , Shakespeare Orange County presented the Shakespearean poem, "Venus and Adonis," at the 2012 Praha Fringe Festival this past June.
Fineshrine' Video: Purity Ring's Shady Adonis Cult.
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In science:

On the basis of sub-arcsecond imaging obtained at the ESO NTT with SUSI and the ESO ADONIS adaptive optics system at the 3.6 m telescope, we resolve and study the core components of the LMC OB association LH 39.
The LMC transition star R84 and the core of the LH 39 OB association
Due to temporal variation of the ADONIS PSF, the result of the process is very disappointing.
The LMC transition star R84 and the core of the LH 39 OB association
An undeconvolved adaptive optics image of R 84 obtained using ADONIS at the ESO 3.6 m telescope through an H filter.
The LMC transition star R84 and the core of the LH 39 OB association
The observations for the two higher redshift clusters were obtained with the ESO AO system ADONIS.
Near-infrared adaptive optics observations of galaxy clusters: Abell 262 at z=0.0157, J1836.3CR at z=0.414, and PKS 0743-006 at z=0.994
For the observations of the two higher redshift clusters we used the ESO adaptive optics system ADONIS (Beuzit et al. 1994).
Near-infrared adaptive optics observations of galaxy clusters: Abell 262 at z=0.0157, J1836.3CR at z=0.414, and PKS 0743-006 at z=0.994
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