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Saturday, July 17, 2010

palladian

\puh-LEY-dee-uhn\ , adjective;
1.
Pertaining to wisdom, knowledge, or study.
2.
Of or pertaining to the goddess Athena.
3.
Pertaining to, introduced by, or in the architectural style of Andrea Palladio.
Quotes:
Within the sanctuary the gold and ivory image of Athena, fashioned by Phidias, had given way to the pale face of Our Lady, Mother of the Holy Child, and the grandiloquent Latin of the mass rolled its volume through the hall that once had echoed to the sonorous Greek of the Palladian hymns.
-- Justin Huntly McCarthy, The dryad: a novel
Miss Barfoot was smiling at this Palladian attitude when a servant announced two ladies, Mrs. Smallbrook and Miss Haven.
-- George Gissing, Arlene Young, The odd women
Origin:
Palladian is a direct ancestor of the Greek Palládios, "of Athena," goddess of wisdom.
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