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Cyprian

[sip-ree-uh n] /ˈsɪp ri ən/
noun
1.
Saint (Thascius Caecillus Cyprianus) a.d. c200–258, early church father, bishop, and martyr.
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British Dictionary definitions for cyprian, st.

Cyprian1

/ˈsɪprɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Cyprus
2.
of or resembling the ancient orgiastic worship of Aphrodite on Cyprus
noun
3.
(often not capital) (obsolete) a licentious person, esp a prostitute or dancer
noun, adjective
4.
another word for Cypriot

Cyprian2

/ˈsɪprɪən/
noun
1.
Saint. ?200–258 ad, bishop of Carthage and martyr. Feast day: Sept 26 or 16
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Word Origin and History for cyprian, st.

Cyprian

adj.

1620s, "of Cyprus," from Latin Cyprianus, from Cyprius, from Greek Kyprios (see Cyprus). The island was famous in ancient times as the birthplace of Aphrodite and for erotic worship rituals offered to her there; hence Cyprian meant "licentious, lewd," the earliest attested sense in English (1590s) and was applied 18c.-19c. to prostitutes.

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