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marmoreal

Syllabification: mar·mo·re·al
Pronunciation: /märˈmôrēəl
 
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Definition of marmoreal in English:

adjective

literary
Made of or likened to marble.
Example sentences
  • As such, his physique evokes the structure of bodybuilding's frontiersmen: marmoreal monsters who were as thick and deep as they were wide, because they defied their bodies rather than ‘listened to them.’
  • The oxymoronic ‘gripped undulation’ suggests the marmoreal petrifaction of a wave at the ‘salt margin’ of the sea; whilst the last two lines allegorise the image of a pilot ejecting from mortality.
  • The Virgin's body and neck are dramatically attenuated, and her marmoreal forehead and glossy curls are decorated with ropes of pearls and an enormous ruby.

Origin

late 18th century: from Latin marmoreus (from marmor 'marble') + -al.

Derivatives

marmoreally

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Keith's house, on the other hand, is a tidy fortress of English propriety and composure, presided over by a marmoreally composed mother and patrolled by a jolly authoritarian of a father, who calls his son '‘old bean'’.
  • It lacks the nostalgic tug of his early work and is not as marmoreally "tragic" as the later stuff.
  • His face became marmoreally still, even as his eyes welled up and began to close.

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