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Sunday, July 25, 2004

Definitions for beau ideal

  1. A perfect or an idealized type or model.

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Citations for beau ideal
Their commentaries inspired generations of schoolboys to pen compositions in praise of the Spartan lad who flinched not as the fox gnawed his vitals, and shaped the American beau ideal of the "strong silent type." Florence King, National Review
To the populace, of course, Hindenburg remains the national hero and beau ideal; nay, almost the national Messiah. H.L. Mencken, The Atlantic
Origin of beau ideal
1795-1805
Beau ideal is from the French beau idéal, "ideal beauty."
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