Circean

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Circean Having the characteristics of Circe, daughter of Sol and Perseis, a mythological enchantress, who first charmed her victims and then changed them to the forms of beasts; pleasing, but noxious; as, a Circean draught.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • circean Pertaining to Circe, in Greek mythology a beautiful sorceress, who is represented by Homer as having converted the companions of Ulysses into swine by means of an enchanted beverage; hence, fascinating but brutifying; infatuating and depraving: as, a Circean draught.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Circean sėr-sē′an relating to the beautiful sorceress Circe, who transformed the companions of Ulysses into swine by a magic beverage: infatuating and degrading
    • Circean Also Circæ′an
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Circaeus,

Usage

In literature:

Thus had Anthony, the Egyptian monk, been tempted; and under one guise or another it was ever the same Circean lure.
"The Strolling Saint" by Raphael Sabatini
CIRCEAN POISON, a draught of any kind that is magically and fatally infatuating, such as the effect often of popular applause.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Bending its Circean head, Temptation laughed lightly in Philip Poynter's eyes.
"Diane of the Green Van" by Leona Dalrymple
Therefore the cuttle-fish was a sort of Circean revenge upon Doctor Prescott and Simon Basset for his own private wrongs.
"Jerome, A Poor Man" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Such men are the dwellers in the halls of Circean senses; they can appreciate only the sensuous.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No. V, May, 1863" by Various
Is not this herd," he continues, "worse than Circean poison?
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
But the deadly Sirens are in all things opposed to the Circean power.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
Shame to him when he dallies in the Circean Hall of the senses!
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 5, November, 1863" by Various
Physical beauty of every sort was a snare, a Circean enchantment, to be valiantly contended with and straitly eschewed.
"Household Papers and Stories" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Is that the soft enchantment calls thee down, More powerful than of old Circean charm?
"Young's Night Thoughts" by Edward Young
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In poetry:

Stanza on stanza endlessly
From her lips or from mine
Benumbed our dreaming souls, like drops
Of a Circean wine.
"On Reading Ballads" by Arthur Graeme West
But chiefly thou, from whose polluted shrine
His filial hand Circean rabble drove;
What pangs, Thalia! in this hour are thine;
What fervent anguish of maternal love!
"Sheridan" by Thomas Gent
Ah, woe is me, for Love hath lain asleep,
Hath lain too long in some Circean close—
Till on his dreaming wings the ruined rose
Fell lightly, and the rose-red leaves were deep.
"Belated Love" by Clark Ashton Smith