Terpsichore

Definitions

  • TERPSICHORE
    TERPSICHORE
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n terpsichore taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music
    • n Terpsichore (Greek mythology) the Muse of the dance and of choral song
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Terpsichore (Gr. Myth) The Muse who presided over the choral song and the dance, especially the latter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Terpsichore In classical mythology, one of the Muses, the especial companion of Melpomene, and the patroness of the choral dance and of the dramatic chorus developed from it. In the last days of the Greek religion her attributions became restricted chiefly to the province of lyric poetry. In art this Muse is represented as a graceful figure clad in flowing draperies, often seated, and usually bearing a lyre. Her type is closely akin to that of Erato, but the latter is always shown standiug.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Terpsichore of dancing
    • n Terpsichore tėrp-sik′ō-rē one of the nine muses, who presided over choral song and dancing
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. ; enjoyment (fr. to gladden) + dance, dancing
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. terpsichorē, delighting in dancing—terpsis, delight—terpein, to enjoy, choros, dancing.

Usage

In literature:

I had unfortunately been from my youth no votary of Terpsichore, and what was I to do?
"Visit to Iceland and the Scandinavian North" by Ida Pfeiffer
Terpsichore herself could scarce have made it go better.
"Richard Carvel, Complete" by Winston Churchill
This is a forlorn, deserted chamber, destined to cards, which are never played in this temple of Terpsichore.
"The Disowned, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Such is, in all its simple modesty, the aspect of a temple consecrated to the worship of Bacchus and Terpsichore.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 13, Issue 377, June 27, 1829" by Various
If she can do that with the Proserpine, she'll at least do that with Mistress Terpsichore.
"The Wing-and-Wing" by J. Fenimore Cooper
TERPSICHORE, the Muse of choral song and dancing.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
It sounds outlandish, but I prefer it to Terpsichore.
"The Half-Hearted" by John Buchan
The opening of this Temple de Terpsichore was the great event of the year (1772).
"Women of Modern France" by Hugo P. Thieme
Naturally he wanted to be present with Elsa who was, of course, competent in the art of Terpsichore.
"Villa Elsa" by Stuart Henry
Not set up like an Infant Terpsichore, but seriously inclined, with perfect steps in perfect time.
"Letters of Edward FitzGerald in two volumes, Vol. 1" by Edward FitzGerald
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In news:

Gus Chan/The Plain Dealer Antonio Canova's "Terpsichore" strikes an elegant pose in the Cleveland Museum of Art's renovated 1916 building, which reopened last year as part of a $350 million expansion and renovation.
Terpsichore for Kansas City.
Terpsichore Presents 'The Nutcracker'.
Terpsichore Dance Company celebrates a 10-year tradition.
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