[pig-mey-lee-uh n, -meyl-yuh n] /pɪgˈmeɪ li ən, -ˈmeɪl yən/
Classical Mythology. a sculptor and king of Cyprus who carved an ivory statue of a maiden and fell in love with it. It was brought to life, in response to his prayer, by Aphrodite.
(italics) a comedy (1912) by George Bernard Shaw.
(Greek myth) a king of Cyprus, who fell in love with the statue of a woman he had sculpted and which his prayers brought to life as Galatea
also the Pygmalion word, a British euphemistic substitute for bloody in mid-20c. from its notorious use in Bernard Shaw’s play of the same name (1914: “Walk? Not bloody likely!”). The Greek legend of the sculptor/goldsmith and the beautiful statue he made and wished to life, is centered on Cyprus and his name might ultimately be Phoenician.
In classical mythology, a sculptor who at first hated women but then fell in love with a statue he made of a woman. He prayed to Venus that she would find him a woman like the statue. Instead, Venus made the statue come to life.
Note: The play Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw, adapts this theme: a professor trains a girl from the gutter to speak and behave like a lady, and then he and his new creation become attached to each other. This play became the basis for the musical comedy My Fair Lady.
Pygmalion [(pig-mayl-yuhn, pig-may-lee-uhn) (1913)]
A play by George Bernard Shaw, about a professor, Henry Higgins, who trains a poor, uneducated girl, Eliza Doolittle, to act and speak like a lady. Shaw based his story on a tale from Greek mythology about a sculptor who carves a statue of a woman and falls in love with it (see under “Mythology and Folklore”).
pygmalionism pyg·ma·lion·ism (pĭg-māl’yə-nĭz’əm, -mā’lē-ə-) n. The state of being in love with an object of one’s own creation.
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[pig-mee] /ˈpɪg mi/ noun, plural Pygmies. 1. Anthropology. 2. (lowercase) Disparaging and Offensive. a small or dwarfish person. 3. (lowercase) anything very small of its kind. 4. (lowercase) a person who is of small importance, or who has some quality, attribute, etc., in very small measure. 5. Classical Mythology. (in the Iliad) one of a […]
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