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From (eidōlon) "figure, representation" < (eidos) "sight" < (eidō) "I see" .


  • italbrac RP /aɪ'dəʊlən/
  • italbrac US /aɪ'doʊlɑn/


  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.
    • 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.

Extensive Definition

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Masan, angle, apparition, appearance, aspect, astral, astral spirit, banshee, brainchild, bubble, chimera, configuration, control, delirium, departed spirit, disembodied spirit, duppy, dybbuk, effect, facet, fancy, fantasque, fantasy, fashion, feature, fiction, figment, figure, form, gestalt, ghost, grateful dead, guide, guise, hallucination, hant, haunt, idle fancy, idolum, illusion, image, imagery, imagination, imagining, imago, immateriality, impression, incorporeal, incorporeal being, incorporeity, insubstantial image, invention, larva, lemures, light, likeness, lineaments, look, maggot, make-believe, manes, manner, materialization, myth, oni, phantasm, phantasma, phantasmagoria, phantom, phase, phasis, poltergeist, presence, reference, regard, respect, revenant, romance, seeming, semblance, shade, shadow, shape, shrouded spirit, sick fancy, side, simulacrum, slant, specter, spectral ghost, spirit, spook, sprite, style, theophany, thick-coming fancies, total effect, trip, twist, unsubstantiality, vapor, view, viewpoint, vision, waking dream, walking dead man, wandering soul, whim, whimsy, wildest dream, wildest dreams, wise, wraith, zombie
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