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Olympian

Definitions

  • THE TEMPLE OF THE OLYMPIAN ZEUS AT ATHENS
    THE TEMPLE OF THE OLYMPIAN ZEUS AT ATHENS
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj olympian far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree "a night of exceeding darkness","an exceptional memory","olympian efforts to save the city from bankruptcy","the young Mozart's prodigious talents"
    • adj olympian majestic in manner or bearing; superior to mundane matters "his majestic presence","olympian detachment","olympian beauty and serene composure"
    • adj Olympian of or pertaining to the greater gods of ancient Greece whose abode was Mount Olympus "Olympian deities"
    • adj Olympian of the region of Olympia in Greece or its inhabitants "Olympian plain"
    • n Olympian a classical Greek god after the overthrow of the Titans
    • n Olympian an athlete who participates in the Olympic games
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Olympian Of or pertaining to Olympus, a mountain of Thessaly, fabled as the seat of the gods, or to Olympia, a small plain in Elis.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Olympian Same as Olympic.
    • n Olympian A dweller in Olympus; one of the twelve greater gods of Greece—Zeus, Hera, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Hermes, Ares, Aphrodite, Hephæstus, Hestia, Poseidon, and Demeter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Olympian pertaining to Olympia in Elis, where the Olympic games were celebrated, or to Mount Olympus in Thessaly, the seat of the gods
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Olympius, Olympicus, Gr. 'Oly`mpios 'Olympiko`s, fr. 'O`lympos: cf. F. olympique,. See Olympiad
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. olympias, -ados, belonging to Olympia in Elis.

Usage

In literature:

And yet, on the other hand, it is quite as easy to exaggerate the Olympian aspect of Goethe.
"Visions and Revisions" by John Cowper Powys
No, by Olympian Jove!
"Southern Literature From 1579-1895" by Louise Manly
Goethe and Hegel, each of them was an Olympian Zeus in his own sphere, but they were neither of them quite free from German philistinism.
"Feuerbach: The roots of the socialist philosophy" by Frederick Engels
The Olympian games tended to unite the people and cultivate the arts of peace.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
Neither the temples of Nineveh nor those of Babylon had an Olympian Jove.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
But the marsh water has a property unknown to the Olympian springs.
"Hypolympia" by Edmund Gosse
He was neither a genius nor a hero; he was no Olympian god.
"The Essays of "George Eliot" Complete" by George Eliot
And instead of these Olympian visions, lo!
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
Meantime, Thurston began to find the view of the snow-clad Olympians grow monotonous.
"Thurston of Orchard Valley" by Harold Bindloss
The gates of Heaven are mine; I watch there with the gentle Hours, That Jove supreme must wait my time in the Olympian bowers.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 57, No. 351, January 1845" by Various
Then, let come what would out of this adventure, at worst she should always have an Olympian episode to remember.
"The Princess Virginia" by C. N. Williamson
Taking them together, we do not find the Olympians an impressive set of beings.
"History of Religion" by Allan Menzies
THE OLYMPIAN for September-February well sustains the lofty traditions of that magazine.
"Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
The attitude of the Olympian Powers causes considerable anxiety.
"The Casual Ward academic and other oddments" by A. D. Godley
The old poet was right who said that the Olympians had a delicate view.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Blest people, near Jove the Olympian seated.
"Lectures Delivered in America in 1874" by Charles Kingsley
But now that the Olympian Jupiter was gone, Mr. Borden thought proper to affect severity.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 13 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The scene then assumed the appearance of the Olympian games, or still more those of the famous American display.
"The Grandee" by Armando Palacio Valdés
But the Olympians on whom he had counted were of no service to him.
"Contemporary Russian Novelists" by Serge Persky
Then eidolons of the Olympians became naturalized there.
"The Lords of the Ghostland" by Edgar Saltus
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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
See! the flushing chace of Tempe
Trembles with Olympian air -
See! green sprigs and buds are shooting
From those white raised arms of prayer!
"Daphne" by George Meredith
The old priests paled; till some more wise
Built fanes where're I trod,
Carried my throne to Olympian skies,
And named me the Son of God. . . .
"Bacchus [Excerpt]" by Bernard O Dowd
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
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:

The Olympian had 26,125 visitors yesterday.
The Olympian had 19,731 visitors yesterday.
Anita DeFrantz, Indianapolis native, Olympian and member of the International Olympic Committee, was speaking to a national women's convention several years ago.
Special Olympian calls out Ann Coulter for saying ' retard '.
Olympian Taylor Ritzel, left, is a Douglas County High alum and a world champion in rowing.
Wes Santee, a Kansas track star, Olympian and member of the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, died Sunday, Nov 14, 2010, after a fight with cancer.
These Photos Are of the First Female, Saudi Arabian Olympians in History.
The Olympian had 20,295 visitors yesterday.
The winningest Olympian ever is still looking for his first gold of the London Games, getting out-touched at the wall by South Africa's Chad le Clos.
What they're saying about Boise Olympian Nick Symmonds: Paris Hilton and a showman 's spirit.
Rubio Proposes Tax Break for Olympians.
Especially if I'm at the Olympics and I'm surrounded by hot olympians.
Olympian Larsen Jensen touched second in 3:44.86.
ST JOSEPH- Students and community members gathered at the College of Saint Benedict Gorecki Center yesterday (Monday) to hear 2012 Olympian Amanda Smock speak on behalf of the 40th anniversary of Title IX.
MELROSE – Melrose native Amanda (Thieschafer) Smock is still getting used to the idea that she's an Olympian.
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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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