• Cupid: From a Fresco
    Cupid: From a Fresco
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cupid a symbol for love in the form of a cherubic naked boy with wings and a bow and arrow
    • n Cupid (Roman mythology) god of love; counterpart of Greek Eros
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Santa's reindeer are: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen.
    • n Cupid (Rom. Myth) The god of love, son of Venus; usually represented as a naked, winged boy with bow and arrow. "Pretty dimpled boys, like smiling cupids ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Cupid In Roman mythology, the god of love, identified with the Greek Eros, the son of Hermes (Mercury) and Aphrodite (Venus). He is generally represented as a beautiful boy with wings, carrying a bow and quiver of arrows, and is often spoken of as blind or blindfolded. The name is often given in art to figures of children, with or without wings, introduced, sometimes in considerable number, as a motive of decoration, and with little or no mythological allusion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cupid the god of love
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  • Ovid
    “Remove the temptation of idleness and cupids bow is useless.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L.Cupido, fr. cupido, desire, desire of love, fr. cupidus,. See Cupidity
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. cupiditascupĕre, to desire.


In literature:

Cupid is the high-priest at these rites of reading aloud and discussing everything under the sun.
"The Spinster Book" by Myrtle Reed
Thus, having swallowed Cupid's golden hook, The more she strived, the deeper was she strook.
"Hero and Leander" by Christopher Marlowe
At cards for kisses; Cupid paid.
"The Growth of English Drama" by Arnold Wynne
Various expedients were adopted to attract the cupidity of capitalists.
"Continental Monthly, Volume 5, Issue 4" by Various
Siren pleasant, foe to reason, Cupid plague thee for this treason!
"Elizabethan Sonnet Cycles" by Thomas Lodge and Giles Fletcher
Symbols of evangelists with half-human, half-animal eyes and wings, are interwoven with the leafy bowers of cupids.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
We may see what charming fancy pictures he sometimes painted in Cupid as Link Boy and The Strawberry Girl.
"Sir Joshua Reynolds" by Estelle M. Hurll
The king attempted in vain to work upon his cupidity and his fears.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
On those stand the young lads, dressed to represent Cupids.
"Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants" by James H. Head
From the top a tiny Cupid aimed his arrow at the guests before him.
"Ethel Morton's Holidays" by Mabell S. C. Smith
There is an interesting account of Cupid.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
Cupid employed himself in asking disagreeable questions.
"Ixion In Heaven" by Benjamin Disraeli
Well, no one chose to be the first to object to the intruder, so Cupid was received.
"Stories of Comedy" by Various
Catching Up With Cupid.
"The Best Short Stories of 1915" by Various
The proud lines in his lips gave place to a curve like a Cupid's bow and a smile lighted up his face.
"The Kentucky Ranger" by Edward T. Curnick
Weep every Venus, and all Cupids wail, And men whose gentler spirits still prevail.
"The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus" by Caius Valerius Catullus
In Lucretia's cabinet there was a Cupid by Michael Angelo.
"Lucretia Borgia" by Ferdinand Gregorovius
True, the actual furniture was paneled, cupid-surmounted, and ridiculous.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
Everything was going admirably, never had this Cupid behaved so exactly as arranged.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
Harlan saw in Haydon's eyes a furtive, stealthy gleam as of cupidity glossed over with a pretense of frank curiosity.
"'Drag' Harlan" by Charles Alden Seltzer

In poetry:

But now, not master of my heart,
Cupid does so decide,
That two she tyrants shall it part,
And so poor me divide.
"Songs Set To Music: 14. Set" by Matthew Prior
The lover must, if he indeed
Be hit by Cupid's dart,
Grow pale, sigh much, neglect his food,
And wholly lose his heart.
"An Exception" by Ellis Parker Butler
Then Cupid cried, "Fair Dora’s heart,
That ne’er was sold before!
Does anybody raise the bid?
Will any offer more?"
"Outbid" by Ellis Parker Butler
Till o'er its purling waters came
The splash of golden oars again,
Dashing the silver spray like rain
From Cupid's prow.
"Biographia" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
When Cupid offered Dora’s heart,
I bid my whole heart’s love,
A love that reached from sea to sea
And to the sky above;
"Outbid" by Ellis Parker Butler
For, like a bird on breezes waft,
She quickly, quickly passes;
O Cupid, Cupid, draw your shaft;
And bring her to the grasses!
"O Cupid, Cupid; Get Your Bow!" by Henry Lawson

In news:

I Wish Cupid Would Shoot Me in the Face.
In my life, Cupid has been a problem and a delight.
When my daughters were growing up and shot by Cupid , I wanted to but was embarrassed to tell them, "Just say no" to the young man.
Cupid 's poisoned arrow.
For Valentine's Day, a brigade of modern Cupids .
The façade of the Hornall Anderson Experience Lab (HAX) has been transformed into a 20-foot projection surface that introduces passersby to a down-on-his-luck Harry, who has found himself alone in the big city, longing for the Cupid 's arrow.
And once you've been shot—whether you like it or not — you're forever, hopelessly in love with the person of Cupid 's choosing.
Cupid 's Revenge Funny, entertaining musical Lincoln Square Theatre, Decatur Fri & Sat the 11th & 12th.
Chenango runners take part in third annual Cupid 's Chase.
BINGHAMTON – On Feb 12, runners and walkers from Broome and Chenango Counties will join others across the nation in lacing up their running shoes to raise money for people with disabilities in the third annual Cupid 's Chase 5K.
But Cupid 's arrow flies awry and love becomes a herculean task in this ancient tale of jealous goddesses, talking ants, and timeless love.
It's always fun when I get out Cupid 's toy piano so he can peck out a few tunes.
I think Cupid , along with my other parrots, enjoys showing off for the camera.
Valentine's Day Drinks: Cupid 's Cocktails.
CUPID Trial Demonstrates Safety of Genetically Targeted Enzyme Replacement Therapy for Advanced Heart Failure.