Noun Adonis Definition and Examples


Noun:

Adonis

Pronunciation:

/əˈdəʊnɪs/

Definition:
1.

proper noun

A beautiful youth loved by both Aphrodite and Persephone. He was killed by a boar, but Zeus decreed that he should spend the winter of each year in the underworld with Persephone and the summer months with Aphrodite.
  1. 'The lad was an Adonis, and with rakish good looks and a devilmay-care smile, he seemed to hold the world by a string.'
  2. 'An Adonis, his physique was imposing and he carried himself with the bearing of a champion.'
  3. 'I look round, expecting to see some six foot Adonis with a winning smile and an easy charm.'
((n.) A youth beloved by Venus for his beauty. He was killed in the chase by a wild boar.|--|(n.) A preeminently beautiful young man; a dandy.|--|(n.) A genus of plants of the family Ranunculaceae, containing the pheasant's eye (Adonis autumnalis); -- named from Adonis, whose blood was fabled to have stained the flower.|--|)


noun

1. Classical Mythology. a youth slain by a wild boar but permitted by Zeus to pass four months every year in the lower world with Persephone, four with Aphrodite, and four wherever he chose.

2. a very handsome young man.


Examples:

Tom is not an Adonis but he's certainly very attractive as he gets out of his Lamborghini in his Armani suit.
There are four fountains with statues of Neptune, his wife Amphitrite, Diana and Adonis in the Market Square.

Origin:

Adonis


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