Definition of Hermes

1. Noun. (Greek mythology) messenger and herald of the gods; god of commerce and cunning and invention and theft; identified with Roman Mercury.

Category relationships: Greek Mythology
Generic synonyms: Greek Deity

Definition of Hermes

1. n. See Mercury.

Definition of Hermes

1. Proper noun. (Greek god) The herald and messenger of the gods, and the god of roads, commerce, invention, cunning, and theft. ¹

2. Proper noun. (astronomy) The planet Mercury when observed as an evening star. ¹

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Medical Definition of Hermes

1. Hermes Trismegistus [lit, Hermes thrice greatest] was a late name of Hermes, especially as identified with the Egyptian god Thoth. He was the fabled inventor of astrology and alchemy. Originally, a boundary stone dedicated to Hermes as the god of boundaries, and therefore bearing in some cases a head, or head and shoulders, placed upon a quadrangular pillar whose height is that of the body belonging to the head, sometimes having feet or other parts of the body sculptured upon it. These figures, though often representing Hermes, were used for other divinities, and even, in later times, for portraits of human beings. Called also herma. See Terminal statue, under Terminal. Origin: L, fr. Gr. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hermes

hermeneutic circle
hermetic seal
hermetic seals
hermetically sealed

Literary usage of Hermes

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1. Greek and Roman [mythology] by William Sherwood Fox (1916)
"Soon afterward Apollo appeared, having traced, though with difficulty, the reversed footsteps to the cavern; but when he charged Hermes with the theft of ..."

2. The Odyssey of Homer by Homer, William Morris (1887)
"... Hermes; and he had his staff in hand, Lovely and golden, wherewith he ... and Hermes void of wrong Adown the dusky highway led all the band along: 10 ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"Thereupon Hermes published a voluminous opinion disputing his right to such a procedure (" Gutachten in Streitsachen des Münsterschen Domkapitels mit dem ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"According to Plutarch the ancients " set Hermes by the side of Aphrodite," ie the ... But this phallic character does not explain other aspects of Hermes, ..."

5. The Word by Harold Waldwin Percival (1912)
"From China we now turn to Hermes. Strange as it may seem, but the inner connection ... I do not now speak of Hermes, the Hellenic mythological personage, ..."

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