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eidolon Syllabification: ei·do·lon
Pronunciation: /īˈdōlən/

Definition of eidolon in English:

noun (plural eidolons or eidola-lə)

1An idealized person or thing.
Example sentences
  • The subjectification of the beloved in Petrarchan lyric entails the internalization of a feminine image, an eidolon rather than an objectively real presence.
2A specter or phantom.
Example sentences
  • Plotinus, however, described the body itself as an eidolon - a simulacrum or phantom - of the soul: for him, the physical body was less real than the soul, and the soul in turn less real than divine Being.
  • This was a false assumption; Jone was well-versed in the holy scriptures, and it was whispered that he had the ability to conjure up eidolons and spirits.
  • The ancients called these human shadows, shades; modern children and nursemaids call them ghosts and spooks; and each such shade is but an eidolon.


Early 19th century: from Greek eidōlon, from eidos 'form'.

Words that rhyme with eidolon

roll-on, Solon
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