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eidolon noun

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What does the noun eidolon mean?

There are six meanings listed in OED's entry for the noun eidolon , two of which are labelled obsolete. See ‘Meaning & use’ for definitions, usage, and quotation evidence.

eidolon has developed meanings and uses in subjects including

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How is the noun eidolon pronounced, british english, u.s. english, where does the noun eidolon come from.

Earliest known use

The earliest known use of the noun eidolon is in the mid 1600s.

OED's earliest evidence for eidolon is from 1651, in a letter by A. Conway.

eidolon is a borrowing from Greek.

Etymons: Greek εἴδωλον .

Nearby entries

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  • eidetic, adj. & n. 1924–
  • eidetically, adv. 1929–
  • eidograph, n. 1828–
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  • eidoloclast, n. 1824–
  • eidolon, n. 1651–
  • Eidophusikon, n. a1800–
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For among the words, wherewith the learned Grecians commonlie expresse the same thing that we cal an Image, is eidolon, as fitt and naturall as any other.
Lactantius deriueth Simulachruum of Simulando, Eidolon of Eidos, asmuch to say, as apparance or shew.

Meaning & use

If it should transmitt the motion caused by any other obiect, then why does not everything we Looke upon yeeld the eidolum or representation of something else.
  • eidolon 1651 In early theories of perception: (probably) the mental image of an object. Cf. idolon , n. 1a. Obsolete . rare .
  • mentation 1850– Mental activity, esp. seen as a physiological process; an instance or product of this.
Hampden was here, in his Eidolon here,..But he himself dwells in the Fields of Fame.
We can hardly wonder at the imagination even of a man of physical science calling up his Eidolon in the hall of his former greatness.
An Eidolon , named Night, On a black throne reigns upright.
The eidolon of James Haddock appeared to a man named Taverner, that he might interest himself in recovering a piece of land unjustly kept from the dead man's infant son.
Assume..that the personality of Myers vanished on death, and only an eidolon of all his human past now exists.
Once the body is gone, the armour remains as its double, representative of the body's shade, its eidolon .
  • vision c1290– Something which is apparently seen otherwise than by ordinary sight; esp. an appearance of a prophetic or mystical character, or having the nature of…
  • fantasy c1325–1583 A spectral apparition, phantom; an illusory appearance. Obs.
  • figure 1340–1616 An insubstantial or imagined form; an apparition, a vision. Obsolete .
  • image c1350– A visible appearance; a manifestation of a figure; an apparition.
  • idol ?a1425– A visible but intangible image such as is produced by an optical illusion, reflection, etc. Sometimes also: an image that only exists in the…
  • beholding c1440– The thing beheld: †(a) an image, a spectre ( obsolete ); (b) a vision ( archaic ).
  • semblance 1489– An apparition or vision ( of a person, etc.).
  • ghost 1593– A thing that merely resembles some other thing in form or appearance, esp. a mirage, reflection, hallucination, etc. Also as a modifier. Now rare .
  • fancy 1609–56 A spectral apparition; an illusion of the senses. Cf. fantasy , n. 2. Obs.
  • species 1639–61 A thing seen; a spectacle; esp. an unreal or imaginary object of sight; a phantom or illusion. Obsolete .
  • spectral a1656 An apparition; a spectre.
  • eidolon 1763– An insubstantial manifestation of a person or (occasionally) thing; a spirit, a phantom; an apparition. Also in extended use.
  • spectre 1801– An image or phantom produced by reflection or other natural cause.
When any well-defined structure is viewed by the best microscopes, there exist eidōla or false images on each side of the best focal point.
If [the objects are] transparent..strange eidola are generated difficult of interpretation and dispersion.
Mr. L. probably wishes to be considered as speaking merely in the adopted character of Elia... It would..be as preposterous to argue gravely with the misrepresentations uttered by his ‘ Eidolon ’, as to serve a warrant upon a ghost.
‘Up early and late; browbeat by the master..worried by the boys,’ says his eidolon in the Vicar of Wakefield.
His thorough adaptation of Bickerstaff gave the journal an attractive, flexible eidolon far beyond the putative editor-writer of any antecedent periodical.
The eidolon emphasized a singular persona of the author rather than a collective group of editors.
We stumbled upon the perfect eidolon of a Parliamentary Committee generally, and of Mr Horton's Committee in especial, in the 191st fable of Aesop.
If the circle be taken with radius infinity..then we have the geometrical eidolon of the roots of an ordinary equation.
A formal law..seems directed at some eidolon of a student, some pedagogic abstraction.
The maharaja, an anachronistic, though thoroughly self-confident, aristocrat, an eidolon of grandeur in and for squalid times.
Most portal fantasies feature a hidden or unrecognized entrance to the enchanted land: over the rainbow or through a wardrobe..in an eidolon of power such as Stonehenge, or simply through a rift between worlds.
The Eidolon of Apollo on a bas-relief.
The eidolon of Patroklos flies in the same direction, winged, armed, and with a single spear.
Near to the ribbon hanging in the background flies a small stick-like figure, an eidolon representing the departing soul of the deceased.

Pronunciation

Pronunciation keys.

  • ð th ee
  • ɬ rhingy ll

Some consonants can take the function of the vowel in unstressed syllables. Where necessary, a syllabic marker diacritic is used, hence <petal> /ˈpɛtl/ but <petally> /ˈpɛtl̩i/.

  • a trap, bath
  • ɑː start, palm, bath
  • ɔː thought, force
  • ᵻ (/ɪ/-/ə/)
  • ᵿ (/ʊ/-/ə/)

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  • The symbol ˈ at the beginning of a syllable indicates that that syllable is pronounced with primary stress.
  • The symbol ˌ at the beginning of a syllable indicates that that syllable is pronounced with secondary stress.
  • Round brackets ( ) in a transcription indicate that the symbol within the brackets is optional.

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* /d/ also represents a 'tapped' /t/ as in <bitter>

Some consonants can take the function of the vowel in unstressed syllables. Where necessary, a syllabic marker diacritic is used, hence <petal> /ˈpɛd(ə)l/ but <petally> /ˈpɛdl̩i/.

  • i fleece, happ y
  • æ trap, bath
  • ɑ lot, palm, cloth, thought
  • ɔ cloth, thought
  • ɔr north, force
  • ə strut, comm a
  • ər nurse, lett er
  • ɛ(ə)r square
  • æ̃ sal on

Simple Text Respell

Simple text respell breaks words into syllables, separated by a hyphen. The syllable which carries the primary stress is written in capital letters. This key covers both British and U.S. English Simple Text Respell.

b, d, f, h, k, l, m, n, p, r, s, t, v, w and z have their standard English values

  • arr carry (British only)
  • a(ng) gratin
  • o lot (British only)
  • orr sorry (British only)
  • o(ng) salon

Inflections

Variant forms.

  • 1600s eidolum
  • 1700s– eidolon

eidolon typically occurs about 0.05 times per million words in modern written English.

eidolon is in frequency band 3, which contains words occurring between 0.01 and 0.1 times per million words in modern written English. More about OED's frequency bands

Frequency of eidolon, n. , 1820–2010

* Occurrences per million words in written English

Historical frequency series are derived from Google Books Ngrams (version 2), a data set based on a corpus of several million books printed in English between 1500 and 2010. The Ngrams data has been cross-checked against frequency measures from other corpora, and re-analysed in order to handle homographs and other ambiguities.

The overall frequency for a given word is calculated by summing frequencies for the main form of the word, any plural or inflected forms, and any major spelling variations.

Smoothing has been applied to series for lower-frequency words, using a moving-average algorithm. This reduces short-term fluctuations, which may be produced by variability in the content of the Google Books corpus.

Compounds & derived words

  • eidoloclast , n. 1824– A person who attacks or attempts to destroy an idol or idols. Chiefly figurative and in figurative contexts, esp. with reference to attacking or…
  • eidolic , adj. 1871– Relating to, resembling, or of the nature of an eidolon (in various senses).

Entry history for eidolon, n.

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• eidolon •.

Printable Version Pronunciation: ai- do -lên • Hear it!

Part of Speech: Noun

Meaning: 1. A ghost, apparition, or phantom. 2. A mental vision of an ideal.

Notes: The adjective of today's word is eidolic , a distant cousin of eidetic , as eidetic memory "photographic memory". Both words deal with mental images that seem real. If you prefer plain talk, you may pluralize this word with an S: eidolons . If you are an eidoloclast (iconoclast) who enjoys the vagaries of the English irregular plurals, you may use the Greek plural, eidola .

In Play: Most of us enjoyed the company of eidolons with whom we chatted when no one else was around during our childhood: "My son seems to enjoy the company of mischievous eidolons who are constantly getting him into trouble." Though eidolons are phantomatic, our mental phantoms do serve purposes: "Americans are currently trying to match their eidolon of an effective president to the current candidates for that office."

Word History: Greek eidolon comes from the noun eidos "form, image" plus an old suffix -l and a noun ending. When Latin borrowed eidolon , it dropped the Greek ending and also the initial E, leaving idol , an image of an ideal. Now, Greek eidos came from the Proto-Indo-European root weid- "to see". This root also went directly into Latin and emerged as video "I see", with the first person present endings. The root of this word turns up in many words borrowed from Latin or whose makeup includes Latin components: vision , television , and visor are just three. The same root weid- also made its way into Germanic languages, where it became Old English wit "knowledge " (a meaning still present in witness ) and German Wissen "knowledge". (We are happy that Sue Gold shares her wit and knowledge of words like today's with us, for such words are among the most delightful of our mental eidolons.)

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a phantom; apparition.

Origin of eidolon

Words nearby eidolon.

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How to use eidolon in a sentence

In the background of all we fancy a hideous eidolon , from whose side even the damned recoil in loathing.

Whichever way she turned the eidolon of Caroline met her as a bar to all further progress in her design upon the Intendant.

I could thus see myself, gazing through my dream eyes on my eidolon , as if it were only a reflection in a mirror.

The Homeric solution is to divide the man, or to double him, into his shade ( eidolon ) and his self.

But if any one likes let us leave him a mere eidolon , an earlier "Great Unknown."

British Dictionary definitions for eidolon

/ ( aɪˈdəʊlɒn ) /

an unsubstantial image; apparition; phantom

an ideal or idealized figure

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Etymology

mid-13c., "image of a deity as an object of (pagan) worship," from Old French idole "idol, graven image, pagan god" (11c.), from Latin idolum "image (mental or physical), form," especially "apparition, ghost," but used in Church Latin for "false god, image of a pagan deity as an object of worship." This is from Greek eidōlon "mental image, apparition, phantom," also "material image, statue," in Ecclesiastical Greek," a pagan idol," from eidos "form, shape; likeness, resemblance" (see -oid ).

A Greek word for "image," used in Jewish and early Christian writers for "image of a false god," hence also "false god." The Germanic languages generally began with a word for "god" prefixed to indicate "false god" (literally "off-god"), hence "image of a false god" (Old English afgod , Danish afgud , Swedish avgud , Old High German abgot , compounds with af- / ab- "away, away from" (source of off ) + god ). Old Norse skurgoð "idol" is literally "carved god."

The older Greek senses sometimes have been used in English. The figurative sense of "something idolized" is by 1560s (in Middle English the figurative sense was "someone who is false or untrustworthy"). The meaning "a person regarded with the reverence due a deity, human object of adoring devotion" is from 1590s.

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by c. 1200 as an emphatic form of Old English of (see of ), employed in the adverbial use of that word. The prepositional meaning "away from" and the adjectival sense of "farther" were not firmly fixed in this variant until 17c., but once they were they left the original of with the transferred and weakened senses of the word. Meaning "not working" is from 1861.

Off the cuff "extemporaneously, without preparation" (1938) is from the notion of speaking from notes written in haste on one's shirt cuffs. In reference to clothing, off the rack (adj.) "not tailored, not made to individual requirements, ready-made" is by 1963, on the notion of buying it from the rack of a clothing store; off the record "not to be publicly disclosed" is from 1933; off the wall "crazy" is 1968, probably from the notion of a lunatic "bouncing off the walls" or else in reference to carom shots in squash, handball, etc.

"worship of idols and images," mid-13c., from Old French idolatrie (12c.), from Vulgar Latin * idolatria , contraction of Late Latin idololatria (Tertullian), from Ecclesiastical Greek eidololatria "worship of idols," from eidolon "image" (see idol ) + latreia "worship, service" (see -latry ).

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  • 1.1 Etymology
  • 1.2 Pronunciation
  • 1.3.1 Usage notes
  • 1.3.2 Inflection
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Pronunciation [ edit ]

  • IPA ( key ) : /ěː.do.mai̯/ → /ˈi.ðo.mɛ/ → /ˈi.ðo.me/
  • ( 5 th BCE Attic ) IPA ( key ) : /ěː.do.mai̯/
  • ( 1 st CE Egyptian ) IPA ( key ) : /ˈi.do.mɛ/
  • ( 4 th CE Koine ) IPA ( key ) : /ˈi.ðo.mɛ/
  • ( 10 th CE Byzantine ) IPA ( key ) : /ˈi.ðo.me/
  • ( 15 th CE Constantinopolitan ) IPA ( key ) : /ˈi.ðo.me/

Verb [ edit ]

εἴδομαι • ( eídomai ) first-singular present indicative ( poetic )

  • Homer , Iliad 8.555
  • Homer , Iliad 13.98
  • Homer , Iliad 1.228
  • Homer , Odyssey 9.11
  • Homer , Odyssey 19.283
  • Homer , Iliad 14.472
  • Homer , Odyssey 8.283
  • Homer , Odyssey 5.281
  • Homer , Iliad 2.791
  • Pindar , Nemean Ode 10.28
  • Homer , Iliad 3.280

Usage notes [ edit ]

  • The aorist tense, εἶδον ( eîdon , “ I saw ” ) , has a related but different meaning, and its second aorist middle form, εἰδόμην ( eidómēn ) , contrasts with the first aorist middle of this verb, εἰσᾰ́μην ( eisámēn ) .
  • The perfect tense, οἶδα ( oîda , “ I know ” ) , functions as a present tense word with its own meaning.

Inflection [ edit ]

Derived terms [ edit ].

  • εἶδος ( eîdos , “ form ” )
  • ἰδέα ( idéa , “ form ” )
  • ἱστορία ( historía , “ inquiry ” )
  • ἵστωρ ( hístōr , “ judge ” )

References [ edit ]

  • “ εἴδομαι ”, in Liddell & Scott (1940) A Greek–English Lexicon , Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • “ εἴδομαι ”, in Liddell & Scott (1889) An Intermediate Greek–English Lexicon , New York: Harper & Brothers
  • “ εἴδομαι ”, in Autenrieth, Georg (1891) A Homeric Dictionary for Schools and Colleges , New York: Harper and Brothers
  • εἴδομαι in Bailly, Anatole (1935) Le Grand Bailly: Dictionnaire grec-français , Paris: Hachette
  • Bauer, Walter et al. (2001) A Greek–English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature , Third edition, Chicago: University of Chicago Press
  • εἴδομαι in the Diccionario Griego–Español en línea (2006–2024)
  • “ εἴδομαι ”, in Slater, William J. (1969) Lexicon to Pindar , Berlin: Walter de Gruyter
  • G1492 in Strong, James (1979) Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance to the Bible

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εἴδωλον eídōlon, i'-do-lon; from G1491 ; an image (i.e. for worship); by implication, a heathen god, or (plural) the worship of such:—idol.

The KJV translates Strong's G1497 in the following manner: idol  (11x).

an image, likeness

i.e. whatever represents the form of an object, either real or imaginary

used of the shades of the departed, apparitions, spectres, phantoms of the mind, etc.

the image of an heathen god

a false god

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  • noun A phantom; an apparition.
  • noun An image of an ideal.

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  • noun A likeness; an image; a representation.
  • noun A shade or specter; an apparition; hence, a confusing reflection or reflected image.
  • noun One of the small floating winged figures frequently found in Greek art, especially on Greek vases.

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  • noun An image or representation; a form; a phantom; an apparition.

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  • noun An image or representation of an idea; a representation of an ideal form; an apparition of some actual or imaginary entity, or of some aspect of reality.
  • noun A phantom , a ghost or elusive entity.

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Man is essentially an idolater, -- that is, in bondage to his imagination, -- for there is no more harm in the Greek word eidolon than in the Latin word imago.

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But he was too much what he calls his eidolon in one book, "Monsieur le psychologue," and the Psyche he deals with is too often a skinny and spectacled creature -- not the love of Cupid and the mother of Voluptas. [

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Mr. Le Page Renouf (32) likens it to the " eidolon " of the Greeks, the "genius" of the Romans; and Dr. Wiedemann has lately written an interesting paper to show that it was not the person, but what he calls "the personality" or "individuality" of the deceased – meaning thereby that which distinguished him in life from other men; in other words, the mental impression which was evoked when his name was mentioned.

Pharaohs, Fellahs and Explorers 1891

Opinions may differ as to the nature of the Ka itself – one regarding it as a ghost, another as a double, another as an " eidolon " or genius; but no Egyptologist doubts that all forms of portraiture in ancient Egypt were funerary, or that they were expressly designed for the accommodation of the Ka.

It was a happy choice; my good genius, I suppose, for you see I was already fairly well read in modern science, and these old Greek philosophies set me thinking backwards, unwinding and unlearning, and getting at that eidolon which is not to be found in the mechanical heavens of this age.

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εἴδωλον ( Ancient Greek)

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  • circa 800 BC , Homer , The Odyssey, IV, 796 ἔνθ᾽ αὖτ᾽ ἄλλ᾽ ἐνόησε θεά, γλαυκῶπις Ἀθήνη: εἴδωλον ποίησε, δέμας δ᾽ ἤικτο γυναικί, Ἰφθίμῃ, κούρῃ μεγαλήτορος Ἰκαρίοιο, τὴν Εὔμηλος ὄπυιε Φερῇς ἔνι οἰκία ναίων. πέμπε δέ μιν πρὸς δώματ᾽ Ὀδυσσῆος θείοιο, ἧος Πηνελόπειαν ὀδυρομένην γοόωσαν παύσειε κλαυθμοῖο γόοιό τε δακρυόεντος. Then the goddess, bright-eyed Athene, had an idea. She created a phantom , in the likeness of Penelope’s sister, Iphthime, that other daughter of great-hearted Icarius. Eumelus had married her, and she was living at Pherae. Athene sent the phantom to noble Odysseus’ palace, to the weeping, grieving Penelope, to tell her to stop her crying, her tear-filled lament.
  • shape , figure , image
  • image of the mind: idea , fancy
  • representation , statue , idol

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eidolon : see also eidôlon‎ eidolon (English) Alternative forms eidôlon Origin & history From Ancient Greek εἴδωλον ‎ ("figure, representation"), from…

idolatry : …of idols"), back-formation from εἰδωλολάτρης‎ (īdōlatra‎ in Latin), from εἴδωλον ‎ ("idol") + λάτρις‎ ("worshipper") or λατρεύω‎…

pareidolia : pareidolia (English) Origin & history From Ancient Greek; παρα (para, "amiss, wrong") + εἴδωλον (eidōlon, "image"). Pronunciation (Brit. Eng.)…

idol : see also Idol, ídol‎ idol (English) Origin & history From Old French idole‎, from Latin idolum‎, from Ancient Greek εἴδωλον ‎ ("image, idol")…

ídolo : see also idolo‎ ídolo (Portuguese) Origin & history From Old Portuguese idolo‎, from Latin īdōlum‎, from Ancient Greek εἴδωλον ‎ ("image, idol")…

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The Meaning Behind The Song: Eidolons and the Increate by Usnea

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Usnea’s track, “Eidolons and the Increate,” is a captivating piece that delves into themes of resurrection, servitude, and the battle between darkness and light. Released as part of their album, Portals Into Futility , this song showcases the band’s ability to create intense, immersive music that engages listeners on a deeper level.

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As I listen to “Eidolons and the Increate,” the lyrics evoke a sense of darkness and despair, but also resilience and triumph. The opening line, “Resurrection and death breeds loyalty,” immediately grabs my attention, hinting at a deeper exploration of life’s struggles and the unwavering devotion that can arise from them.

The song continues with imagery of a citadel, a gate of servitude, and excruciations seeking penitence. These phrases paint a bleak picture, suggesting a world ruled by suffering and servitude, where individuals find solace in repentance. Yet, hidden within this bleakness is a glimmer of hope.

Usnea introduces the concept of “exultant cults of eschatology,” which refers to the study of the end of the world or the ultimate destiny of humanity. This suggests that within this realm of suffering, there are those who find solace and reason in contemplating the end, seeking meaning in the face of inevitable demise.

One line that particularly resonates with me is “A Eucharist of self-consumption, mirroring our degeneracies.” Here, the band explores the idea of consuming oneself, a metaphorical act of purification and self-reflection. It is a stark reminder that confronting our own flaws and embracing our shadows is an essential part of personal growth.

Throughout the song, Usnea cleverly weaves together religious and mythological imagery, creating a tapestry of diverse influences. The mention of the “dying and dimming suns” and the “serpent’s mouth” hints at cosmic forces at play, evoking a sense of grandeur and eternity.

The chorus, “Inchoate, initiate, apostate, increate,” acts as a mantra, reflecting the cyclical nature of life. It suggests a journey from primal chaos to initiation, a breaking away from tradition and embracing individuality. The final word, “increate,” signifies the triumph over adversity and the ultimate victory in the battle for self-discovery.

Personally, this song holds a special place in my heart. When I first heard it, I was going through a difficult period in my life, filled with uncertainty and self-doubt. The haunting melodies and introspective lyrics of “Eidolons and the Increate” provided me with solace and a sense of catharsis.

As the song built up to its climactic end, I found myself immersed in its epic soundscapes, feeling a surge of strength and determination to face my own battles. It served as a reminder that darkness and despair are not permanent states, but rather necessary steps on the path to self-discovery and growth.

Usnea’s ability to convey such complex emotions through their music is truly remarkable. The combination of their skilled musicianship and thought-provoking lyrics elevates “Eidolons and the Increate” to a level that transcends the boundaries of a traditional song.

In conclusion, “Eidolons and the Increate” by Usnea is a powerful composition that delves into themes of resurrection, servitude, and overcoming adversity. Its intricate lyrics and mesmerizing soundscapes create an immersive experience that resonates with listeners on a profound level. Whether you’re a dedicated fan of the band or just discovering their music, this song is sure to leave a lasting impression.

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Definition of idolum

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in sense 1, from Latin & Greek; Latin, phantom, image, from Greek eidōlon phantom, image, idol; in sense 2, New Latin, from Late Latin, idol, from Greek eidōlon

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  1. Eidolon

    In ancient Greek literature, an eidolon ( / aɪˈdoʊlɒn /; [1] Ancient Greek: εἴδωλον 'image, idol, double, apparition, phantom, ghost '; plural: eidola or eidolons) is a spirit-image of a living or dead person; a shade or phantom look-alike of the human form. Literary use

  2. eidolon

    Advertisement eidolon (n.) 1801, "a shade, a specter," from Greek eidolon "appearance, reflection in water or a mirror," later "mental image, apparition, phantom," also "material image, statue, image of a god, idol," from eidos "form, shape" (see -oid ). By 1881 in English as "a likeness, an image." also from 1801 Entries linking to eidolon -oid

  3. eidolon

    Pronunciation [ edit] ( UK) IPA ( key): /aɪˈdəʊlən/, /aɪˈdəʊlɒn/ ( US) IPA ( key): /aɪˈdoʊlən/, /aɪˈdoʊlɑn/ Audio (US) Noun [ edit] eidolon (plural eidola or eidolons) An image or representation of an idea; a representation of an ideal form; an apparition of some actual or imaginary entity, or of some aspect of reality.

  4. eidolon, n. meanings, etymology and more

    1. 1651 † In early theories of perception: (probably) the mental image of an object. Cf. idolon n. 1a. Obsolete. rare. 1651 If it should transmitt the motion caused by any other obiect, then why does not everything we Looke upon yeeld the eidolum or representation of something else. A. Conway, Letter 3 December in Conway Letters (1992) 494 Cite

  5. Eidolon Definition & Meaning

    1 : an unsubstantial image : phantom 2 : ideal Synonyms beau ideal classic exemplar idea ideal model nonesuch nonpareil paragon patron saint See all Synonyms & Antonyms in Thesaurus Examples of eidolon in a Sentence an industrialist who remains an eidolon of the visionary and ambitious self-made man

  6. εἴδωλον

    Noun [ edit] εἴδωλον • (eídōlon) n (genitive εἰδώλου); second declension phantom, ghost shape, figure, image image of the mind: idea, fancy representation, statue, idol Inflection [ edit] Second declension of τὸ εἴδωλον; τοῦ εἰδώλου ( Attic) Descendants [ edit] Greek: είδωλο (eídolo) → Coptic: ⲉⲓⲇⲱⲗⲟⲛ (eidōlon) → English: eidolon

  7. EIDOLONS (Eidolones)

    Gods, Spirits & Monsters A - Z. In ancient Greek legend the Eidolons were daemones (spirits) or ghosts which possessed the living. The following two stories, describing Eidolon-possession, are set in Athens and India in the C1st A.D. The central figure of the tale, Apollonius of Tyana, was a respected pagan prophet of the age.

  8. eidolon

    Meaning: 1. A ghost, apparition, or phantom. 2. A mental vision of an ideal. Notes: The adjective of today's word is eidolic, a distant cousin of eidetic, as eidetic memory "photographic memory". Both words deal with mental images that seem real. If you prefer plain talk, you may pluralize this word with an S: eidolons.

  9. EIDOLON Definition & Usage Examples

    What does SOMNOLENT mean? acceptable or legitimate. sleepy; drowsy. pleasing to the taste; palatable. TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT Origin of eidolon 1 First recorded in 1820-30; see origin at idol Words Nearby eidolon eider eiderdown eider duck eidetic Eid Mubarak eidolon eidos Eid-ul-Adha

  10. Eidolon Definition & Meaning

    Eidolon definition: A phantom; an apparition. Origin of Eidolon From Ancient Greek εἴδωλον (eidōlon, "figure, representation"), from εἶδος (eidos, "sight"), from εἴδω (eidō, "I see").. From Wiktionary Greek eidōlon from eidos form weid-in Indo-European roots . From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  11. eidolon: meaning, translation

    An or representation of an idea; a representation of an ideal form; an apparition of some actual or imaginary entity, or of some aspect of reality. 1936, Henry Miller, Black Spring: As a species it is extinct; as an eidolon it retains its corporeality - but only if maintained in a state of equipoise.

  12. Eidolon

    Define eidolon. eidolon synonyms, eidolon pronunciation, eidolon translation, English dictionary definition of eidolon. n. pl. ei·do·lons or ei·do·la 1. A phantom; an apparition. 2. An image of an ideal. American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition....

  13. idol

    "worship of idols and images," mid-13c., from Old French idolatrie (12c.), from Vulgar Latin * idolatria, contraction of Late Latin idololatria (Tertullian), from Ecclesiastical Greek eidololatria "worship of idols," from eidolon "image" (see idol) + latreia "worship, service" (see -latry ). idolize Advertisement

  14. (PDF) Plato's Doctrine of Three Types of Images (Eidos, Eikon, Eidolon

    Since in Plato's doctrine eidolon is an illusory, imaginary, seeming likeness of eidos, the result of falling away from the Truth (and in this sense, it is a source of lies), under the influence ...

  15. εἴδομαι

    εἴδομαι • (eídomai) first-singular present indicative ( poetic) to be seen, appear. (with infinitive) to appear, seem to do. ( reflexive, with dative) to make oneself like. ( intransitive) to be like, to look like.

  16. EIDOLON definition and meaning

    1. an unsubstantial image; apparition; phantom 2. an ideal or idealized figure Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers Word origin C19: from Greek: phantom, idol eidolon in American English (aɪˈdoʊlən ) noun Word forms: plural eiˈdolons or eiˈdola (aɪˈdoʊlə ) 1. an image without real existence; phantom; apparition 2. US

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    G1497 - εἴδωλον eídōlon, i'-do-lon; from ; an image (i.e. for worship); by implication, a heathen god, or (plural) the worship of such:—idol.

  18. eidolon

    eidolon: A phantom; an apparition. Man is essentially an idolater, -- that is, in bondage to his imagination, -- for there is no more harm in the Greek word eidolon than in the Latin word imago.. Pages from an Old Volume of Life; a collection of essays, 1857-1881 Oliver Wendell Holmes 1851. Man is essentially an idolater, -- that is, in bondage to his imagination, -- for there is no more harm ...

  19. εἴδωλον‎ (Ancient Greek): meaning, translation

    What does εἴδωλον‎ mean? εἴδωλον ( Ancient Greek) Origin & history From εἶδος ("form"). Noun εἴδωλον (neut.) ( genitive εἰδώλου) phantom circa 800 BC, Homer, The Odyssey, IV, 796 ἔνθ᾽ αὖτ᾽ ἄλλ᾽ ἐνόησε θεά, γλαυκῶπις Ἀθήνη: εἴδωλον ποίησε, δέμας δ᾽ ἤικτο γυναικί, Ἰφθίμῃ, κούρῃ μεγαλήτορος Ἰκαρίοιο, τὴν Εὔμηλος ὄπυιε Φερῇς ἔνι οἰκία ναίων.

  20. The Meaning Behind The Song: Eidolons and the Increate by Usnea

    The Meaning Behind The Song: Eidolons and the Increate by Usnea Usnea's track, "Eidolons and the Increate," is a captivating piece that delves into themes of resurrection, servitude, and the battle between darkness and light. Released as part of their album, Portals Into Futility, this song showcases the band's ability to create intense, immersive music …

  21. Idola Definition & Meaning

    1 : eidolon 2 : a form of false thinking : fallacy, idol sense 5 specifically : one of the four varieties of fallacy distinguished by Francis Bacon in his Novum Organum (1620) compare idols of the cave, idols of the forum, idols of the theater, idols of the tribe Word History Etymology

  22. How to pronounce eidolon

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