Apollonian



pertaining to the cult of Apollo.
(lowercase) serene, calm, or well-balanced; poised and disciplined.
(lowercase) having the properties of or preferring classic beauty.
Compare (def 2).
Historical Examples

Arnobius and the fathers of the fourth century generally believed in the Apollonian thaumaturgy and attributed it to magic.
Demonology and Devil-lore Moncure Daniel Conway

Mayburn, folding his slice of bread-and-butter, took her harshness with Apollonian serenity.
The Shadow of Life Anne Douglas Sedgwick

I am thus brought face to face with the eternal conflict in art between the Apollonian and the Dionysian principles.
An Autobiography Igor Stravinsky

The two faces of the Greek art he calls the Apollonian and the Dionysian impulses.
Egoists James Huneker

adjective
of or relating to Apollo or the cult of Apollo
(sometimes not capital) (in the philosophy of Nietzsche) denoting or relating to the set of static qualities that encompass form, reason, harmony, sobriety, etc
(often not capital) harmonious; serene; ordered
adj.

1660s, from Apollo (Greek Apollon) + -ian. The Greek adjective was Apollonios. The word also is attested in English as Apollinarian (1753), Apolline (c.1600).

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