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eidolon

See also: eidôlon

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EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek εἴδωλον (eídōlon, figure, representation), from εἶδος (eîdos, sight), from εἴδω (eídō, I see).

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eidolon (plural eidola or eidolons)

  1. An image or representation of an idea; a representation of an ideal form; an apparition of some actual or imaginary entity, or of some aspect of reality.
    • 1936, Henry Miller, Black Spring:
      As a species it is extinct; as an eidolon it retains its corporeality – but only if maintained in a state of equipoise.
    • 1974, Lawrence Durrell, Monsieur, Faber & Faber 1992, p. 21:
      It was not hard to forge her image, her "eidolon", in the grey gloom of the little church.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 697:
      Kit was sitting up staring into the dark at this eidolon, inelegantly turned out contrary to a whole raft of public-decency statutes, which had come monitory and breathing in to violate Kit's insomnia.
  2. A phantom, a ghost or elusive entity.

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