Paphian

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Paphian A native or inhabitant of Paphos.
    • a Paphian Of or pertaining to Paphos, an ancient city of Cyprus, having a celebrated temple of Venus; hence, pertaining to Venus, or her rites.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Paphian Of or pertaining to Paphos, a city of Cyprus sacred to Aphrodite (Venus), and containing one of her most celebrated temples.
    • Paphian Hence Pertaining to Aphrodite or her rites.
    • Paphian [lowercase] In conchology, of or pertaining to the Paphiidæ.
    • n Paphian An inhabitant of Paphos; a Cypriot or Cyprian.
    • n Paphian A prostitute.
    • n Paphian [lowercase] In conchology, any member of the Paphiidæ.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Paphian pā′fi-an pertaining to Paphos in Cyprus, sacred to Aphrodite: lascivious
    • n Paphian a native of Paphos, a votary of Aphrodite: a whore
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Paphius, Gr. , from the city Paphos

Usage

In literature:

Then, on the top of Eryx, they begin A rising temple to the Paphian queen.
"The Aeneid" by Virgil
Would you worship the Paphian goddess, the groves of Cyprus are not more taciturn than those of the Temple.
"The Warden" by Anthony Trollope
Paphian eyes rayed upon me, and left me unscathed.
"The Four Million" by O. Henry
Thou rememberest, lord, I told thee once how I had given a slave of the divine Petronius one thread from the girdle of the Paphian Venus?
"Quo Vadis" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
WOMEN No, by the Paphian.
"Lysistrata" by Aristophanes
A maid, and flout the Paphian?
"Theocritus" by Theocritus
Caught A Paphian dove upon a message sent?
"Endymion" by John Keats
Caught A Paphian dove upon a message sent?
"Romance of Roman Villas" by Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney
You look like Aphrodite 'new bathed in Paphian wells.
"The New Tenant" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
At that time it was a veritable museum of pornography, the apotheosis of Paphian voluptuousness.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
A kisse is the first Tutor and instinct, The guider to the Paphian shrine and bowers.
"Seven Minor Epics of the English Renaissance (1596-1624)" by Dunstan Gale
The performances at the Paphian Hall on that festive occasion need not be described here with accuracy.
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
A Paphian ere this has fondled two?
"Yolanda of Cyprus" by Cale Young Rice
In the temple of Paphian Venus were a hundred of them.
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade
These two Muses, sent for, regardless of expense, I could see, were but the vehicle of a kind of service which I judged to be Paphian rather.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol IV. No. XX. January, 1852." by Various
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In poetry:

"Me too, perchance, in future days,
The sculptured stone shall show,
With Paphian myrtle or with bays
Parnassian on my brow.
"Stanzas On The Late Indecent Liberties Taken With The Remains Of The Great Milton" by William Cowper
As the boys together grew,
Happy fled their hours--
Grief or care they never knew
In the Paphian bowers.
See them roaming, hand in hand,
The pride of all the choral band!
"Rhyme And Reason: An Apologue" by George Pope Morris
White-robed she waited day by day; alone
With the white temple's shrined concupiscence,
The Paphian goddess on her obscene throne,
Binding all chastity to violence,
All innocence to lust that feels no shame—
Venus Mylitta born of filth and flame.
"The Paphian Venus" by Madison Julius Cawein