beau ideal

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n beau ideal an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Beau ideal A conception or image of consummate beauty, moral or physical, formed in the mind, free from all the deformities, defects, and blemishes seen in actual existence; an ideal or faultless standard or model.
    • Beau ideal See Beau ideal.
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Quotations

  • Lord Byron
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    “This sort of adoration of the real is but a heightening of the beau ideal.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. beau, beautiful + idéal, ideal

Usage

In literature:

He always declares that you are the very beau ideal of an English country gentleman.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
He was the beau ideal of a dashing hussar, and his appearance was far more English than French.
"No Surrender!" by G. A. Henty
If he had not come he would not have met Colonel DeLisle, his beau ideal of a man and a soldier.
"A Soldier of the Legion" by C. N. Williamson
Ham Peggotty is represented as the very beau-ideal of an uneducated, simple-minded, honest, and warm-hearted fisherman.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
It answers very much to the beau ideal of what a French chateau ought to be, but seldom is.
"Itinerary of Provence and the Rhone" by John Hughes
If it is free of savages it is the beau ideal of a naturalist's station.
"Nat the Naturalist" by G. Manville Fenn
She certainly was the beau-ideal of old age.
"Percival Keene" by Frederick Marryat
And this was precisely Orige's beau ideal of happiness.
"Clare Avery" by Emily Sarah Holt
In the full vigor of mature manhood, erect, alert, quick, and decisive of speech, General Johnston was the beau ideal of a soldier.
"Destruction and Reconstruction:" by Richard Taylor
From that day Stuart was Bivens's beau-ideal of a gentleman.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
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