the RATIONAL, harmonious and orderly. A term used by NIETZSCHE to describe one tradition of Greek art. The other tradition he described as DIONYSIAN.

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  • Apollonian — Ap ol*lo ni*an, Apollonic Ap ol*lon ic, a. Of, pertaining to, or resembling, Apollo. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Apollonian — Apollonian/Dionysian …   Philosophy dictionary

  • Apollonian — (adj.) 1660s, from APOLLO (Cf. Apollo) (Gk. Apollon) + IAN (Cf. ian). The Greek adjective was Apollonios. The word also is attested in English as Apollinarian (1753), Apolline (c.1600) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Apollonian — [ap΄ə lō′nē ən] adj. 1. of, like, or having to do with Apollo 2. well ordered, rational, and serene: distinguished from DIONYSIAN …   English World dictionary

  • Apollonian — /ap euh loh nee euhn/, adj. 1. pertaining to the cult of Apollo. 2. (l.c.) serene, calm, or well balanced; poised and disciplined. 3. (l.c.) having the properties of or preferring classic beauty. Cf. Dionysian (def. 2). [1655 65; < Gk… …   Universalium

  • Apollonian — adjective Date: 1663 1. of, relating to, or resembling the god Apollo 2. harmonious, measured, ordered, or balanced in character compare Dionysian …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • apollonian — adjective clear, harmonious, and restrained Ant: dionysian …   Wiktionary

  • Apollonian — adjective Of or relating to the Greek god Apollo …   Wiktionary

  • Apollonian — adj. of or relating to Apollo; resembling the god Apollo; well shaped, poised, harmonious, having the properties of classic beauty …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Apollonian — [ˌapə ləʊnɪən] adjective 1》 Greek Mythology relating to the god Apollo. 2》 relating to the rational, ordered, and self disciplined aspects of human nature. Compare with Dionysiac …   English new terms dictionary