Definition of Adonis

1. Noun. Any handsome young man.

Generic synonyms: Adult Male, Man

2. Noun. Annual or perennial herbs.

3. Noun. (Greek mythology) a handsome youth loved by both Aphrodite and Persephone. "When Adonis died Zeus decreed that he should spend winters in the underworld with Persephone and spend summers with Aphrodite"
Category relationships: Greek Mythology
Generic synonyms: Daemon, Demigod

Definition of Adonis

1. n. A youth beloved by Venus for his beauty. He was killed in the chase by a wild boar.

Definition of Adonis

1. Proper noun. (Greek mythology) A beautiful young man loved by Aphrodite. ¹

2. Proper noun. (rare) (Ancient Greek male given name) ¹

3. Noun. A beautiful man. ¹

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Definition of Adonis

1. a handsome young man [n -ISES]

Medical Definition of Adonis

1. 1. A youth beloved by Venus for his beauty. He was killed in the chase by a wild boar. 2. A preeminently beautiful young man; a dandy. 3. A genus of plants of the family Ranunculaceae, containing the pheasaut's eye (Adonis autumnalis); named from Adonis, whose blood was fabled to have stained the flower. Origin: L, gr. Gr. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Adonis

adolescent albuminuria
adolescent behaviour
adolescent crisis
adolescent health services
adolescent medicine
adolescent nutrition
adolescent psychiatry
adolescent psychology
adolescent round back
adonis blue
adonis blues

Literary usage of Adonis

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion by James George Frazer (1900)
"Further, my interpretation of the gardens of Adonis is confirmed by finding that in this Prussian custom the very same kind of plants is used to form the ..."

2. Library of Southern Literature by Edwin Anderson Alderman, Joel Chandler Harris, Charles William Kent (1909)
"BION'S LAMENT FOR Adonis* Dedicated as a grateful tribute to WW Goodwin of Harvard University Ah! fair Adonis, fair Adonis, dead! "Dead, fair Adonis. ..."

3. Cyclopedia of Painters and Paintings edited by John Denison Champlin, Charles Callahan Perkins (1887)
"Venus finds the dead body of Adonis ; Cupid leads thither the boar by the ear. ... Venus, seated on a bank under a tree, endeavours to detain Adonis, who, ..."

4. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"The emphasis upon the cult of Adonis at Alexandria (see below, § 13) and Byblus and the similarity of ideas for which the two deities stood, whatever that ..."

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