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Olympianism

Definitions

  • THE TEMPLE OF THE OLYMPIAN ZEUS AT ATHENS
    THE TEMPLE OF THE OLYMPIAN ZEUS AT ATHENS
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Olympianism Worship of the Olympian gods, esp. as a dominant cult or religion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n olympianism In the religious system of the ancient Greeks, the worship of the twelve greater gods, dwellers in Olympus: distinguished from the older Pelasgic traditions and fom the later mythology.
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Usage

In literature:

His silence is not the detached, Olympian and rather ominous silence of Kitchener.
"Sir John French" by Cecil Chisholm
Accordingly, John found himself, much to his dismay, unpopular with the Olympians.
"The Hill" by Horace Annesley Vachell
Jacques directs an Olympian frown at his opponent, but Sir Asinus answers it with smiles.
"The Youth of Jefferson" by Anonymous
She, too, had grown since their meeting, being now as tall and straight and slim as an Olympian runner.
"The Fighting Shepherdess" by Caroline Lockhart
It was like the descent of an Olympian god, and awestruck mortals fled swift-footed from the glory of his presence.
"The Bishop's Secret" by Fergus Hume
Flinging wide the vast door, he stared down upon the visitors, and his Olympian haughtiness gave way to a broad grin.
"Shining Ferry" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
The Olympian gods show no dignity, magnanimity, or moral earnestness.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Sudden he thunder'd from the radiant heights Olympian; glad, Ulysses heard the sound.
"The Odyssey of Homer" by Homer
But the Olympian mood is a fleeting one.
"High Adventure" by James Norman Hall
Another emblem of the Olympian god, more familiar even than the thunderbolt, is the eagle.
"The New England Magazine Volume 1, No. 6, June, 1886, Bay State Monthly Volume 4, No. 6, June, 1886" by Various
The Olympian council were they; divinities to whom the lesser clerks had never dared to speak.
"The Job" by Sinclair Lewis
He moved like an Olympian through the herd of shabby little scrambling folk.
"Young Hilda at the Wars" by Arthur Gleason
Heredity rules our lives like that supreme primeval necessity that stood above the Olympian gods.
"The Arena" by Various
Is this cat-calling to earn an Olympian prize?
"The Last of the Legions and Other Tales of Long Ago" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Even here in Pylos he challenges the supremacy of the Olympians.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
Doyle, Sir F., translation of the Olympian Ode, 178.
"The Quarterly Review, Volume 162, No. 324, April, 1886" by Various
Indeed, your box of little things for Jack made Olympian merriment in Newspaper Row, for several men were in my office when I opened it.
"The Jessica Letters: An Editor's Romance" by Paul Elmer More
His Olympian manners began even at Oxford; there was no harm in them, they were natural, not put on.
"Stories of Authors, British and American" by Edwin Watts Chubb
Shut out by the Olympians, one group of little boys found a strategic way into the Hall by means of a fire-escape staircase.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
Critics have said that this Olympian stage has value only as art and not as religion.
"Five Stages of Greek Religion" by Gilbert Murray
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In poetry:

As while Tithonus faltered on
The threshold of the Olympian dawnings,
Aurora's front eternal shone
With lustre of the myriad mornings.
"Centennial" by John Hay
The Poet of Olympian mien
His frenzy doth control,
And, gazing on the dread Unseen,
Keep mind majestic, will serene,
And adamantine soul.
"At Her Grave" by Alfred Austin
Wild passion-gusts were mine, I could not shun
In that Olympian clime,
But met them with those throbs that melt and run
Through Swinburne's sensuous rhyme.
"In Tempe" by Alexander Anderson
The saint may seize the siren's seat,
The shaveling frown where frisked the Faun;
Ne'er will, though all beside should fleet,
The Olympian Presence be withdrawn.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Bloody light from the sword-slashed night —
Shuddering darkness after!
Terrible feet trample the wheat!
Olympian laughter overhead!
Over the roofs rumble the hoofs,
Over the graves of the dead!
"Prarie Storm Rune" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
All at once they appear at every opening in the woods. Their curls float
about their god-like heads, their slender hands hold aloft wreaths and
cymbals, and laughter, sparkling, Olympian laughter, comes leaping, dancing
with them….
"The Nymphs" by Ivan Turgenev

In news:

Five-time Olympian Dara Torres, right, congratulates Australian teen Cate Campbell on her top qualifying time ( in the 50 free.
Rick Riordan's bestselling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series may have ended last year, but the author's fans have hardly been without options in the meantime.
US medal winners get prize money, but most Olympians are true amateurs who get nothing for a win.
One of the leading prosthetic companies explains the physics behind Olympian Oscar Pistorius' running blades.
Sacrifices made by Olympians mirror GAA stars.
Olympian Ben Provisor Stops in Plover.
A send-off for 2012 Olympian and Stevens Point native Ben Provisor will be held at 5 Star Lanes in Plover from 6 to 9 pm on Thursday, July 19.
The Olympian had 20,020 visitors yesterday.
The Olympian had 27,063 visitors yesterday.
Cycling coach Neal Henderson propels Olympians without being pushy .
The Olympian had 19,644 visitors yesterday.
Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on Sep 28, 2012 at 5:02 pm.
Olympians 'didn't get here solely on your own power'.
Famed Olympian Mark Spitz says that when he was 9 years old, his mother enrolled him in a YMCA summer camp.
The Olympian had 25,507 visitors yesterday.
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In science:

We are all prodigious Olympians in perceptual and motor areas, so good that we make the difficult look easy.
To study the phenomenon of the Moravec's Paradox
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