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Endymion

[en-dim-ee-uh n] /ɛnˈdɪm i ən/
noun
1.
Classical Mythology. a young man kept forever youthful through eternal sleep and loved by Selene.
2.
(italics) a narrative poem (1818) by John Keats.
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  • Endymion was actually begun in the spring of 1817, much about the same time when the volume Poems was published.

    Life of John Keats William Michael Rossetti
  • One of her pursuers (the Endymion) overtook her, when a sharp action began.

  • And the Endymion, continues the operator, has been in port for a week, and her crew and captain are detained pending an inquiry.

  • Yet for Endymion the things of earth no longer held any value.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • In its main outlines, though not in details, I accept and have followed this ladys interpretation of Endymion.

    Keats Sidney Colvin
  • The late Mr. Stibbs bought the 'remainder' of Keats's 'Endymion' at 4d.

    The Book-Hunter in London William Roberts
  • SHE (dreamily): Endymion was but lowly shepherd, yet was he loved!

    The Geste of Duke Jocelyn Jeffery Farnol
  • We cannot wonder that Endymion attracted Shakespeare, for it is the most "romantic" of all Lyly's plays.

    John Lyly John Dover Wilson
  • "It is a long time since we met," said Colonel Albert, and he retained the hand of Endymion with affection.

    Endymion Benjamin Disraeli
  • The Endymion is come into the Downs, which pleases him likewise.

    Jane Austen, Her Life and Letters William Austen-Leigh and Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh
British Dictionary definitions for Endymion

Endymion

/ɛnˈdɪmɪən/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) a handsome youth who was visited every night by the moon goddess Selene, who loved him
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Word Origin and History for Endymion

beautiful youth loved by Moon-goddess Selene, from Greek, perhaps literally "diver, plunger," from endyein "to enter into, sink into, plunge, dive," which was used in reference to the sun or stars setting into the sea. On this theory, he originally was a solar deity, a personification of the setting sun.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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