lotus-eater

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lotus-eater someone indifferent to the busy world "in the Odyssey Homer tells of lotus-eaters who live in dreamy indolence"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lotus-eater (Class. Myth) One who ate the fruit or leaf of the lotus, and, as a consequence, gave himself up to indolence and daydreams; one of the Lotophagi. "The mild-eyed melancholy Lotos-eaters ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lotus-eater One of the Lotophagi; hence, one who finds pleasure in a listless, dreamy life; a devotee of indolent pleasures; a languid voluptuary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Lotus-eater an eater of the lotus: one given up to sloth
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.

Usage

In literature:

Octavia passed the days in a kind of lotus-eater's dream.
"Whirligigs" by O. Henry
I have met a lady who had read "The Ring and the Book" often, the "Lotus Eaters" not once.
"Adventures among Books" by Andrew Lang
It was aristocratic, enchantingly indolent, like the face of a happy lotus-eater.
"The Garden Of Allah" by Robert Hichens
Indeed, they became regular lotus-eaters.
"Birds and Poets" by John Burroughs
With the taboo forbidding the partaking of food, compare the episode of the "Lotus-Eaters" in the Odyssey.
"Filipino Popular Tales" by Dean S. Fansler
A dream of the lotus-eaters, and an aspiration of the Ideal in Nature.
"In the Footprints of the Padres" by Charles Warren Stoddard
This book contains "The Lady of Shalott," "The May Queen," "A Dream of Fair Women" and "The Lotus-Eaters.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 5 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Lotus Eaters, The, 99.
"Modern English Books of Power" by George Hamlin Fitch
It reminds me of Tennyson's Lotus Eaters, 'the Land where it is always afternoon.
"A Honeymoon in Space" by George Griffith
The fabled lotus-eater wished never to leave the isle whence he had plucked it.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No 3, September, 1862" by Various
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In poetry:

He hears the hail of Siren bands
From headlands sunset-kissed;
The Lotus-eaters wave pale hands
Within a land of mist.
"Argonauts" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

"The Lotus Eaters," by Tatjana Soli.
Such is the case with Tatjana Soli's first novel, "The Lotus Eaters," about a photojournalist covering the Vietnam War who finds her life transformed by the violence she witnesses from behind her camera.
Tatjana Soli 's new novel about the unlikely bond between two women living in an orange grove, is a vast departure from the award-winning The Lotus Eaters, but she still explores her central theme—what happens when cultures collide.
Soli , who made a splash with her debut, The Lotus Eaters, will captivate readers again with this twisting, intriguing tale of a grieving California woman.
"The Lotus Eaters," by Tatjana Soli .
Such is the case with Tatjana Soli 's first novel, "The Lotus Eaters," about a photojournalist covering the Vietnam War who finds her life transformed by the violence she witnesses from behind her camera.
The land of the lotus eaters.
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