Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology A young man who pined away in love for his own image in a pool of water and was transformed into the flower that bears his name.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Amaryllidaceae — the daffodils.
  • proper n. A youth who spurned the love of Echo and fell in love with his own reflection in a pool: in some versions of the myth, he drowned trying to reach it, while in others he sat fixated until a god took pity and transformed him into a flower.

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek Νάρκισσος (Narkissos, "Narcissus"), a hero in Greek mythology, renowned for his beauty and pride. (Wiktionary)
From Ancient Greek Νάρκισσος (Narkissos, "Narcissus"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Another success for the Powell-Pressburger team, "Narcissus" is an absorbing, finely acted British melodrama about the secular problems facing a new mother superior in an unfamiliar, potentially hostile environment.

    John Farr: They Sure Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To: A Tribute To Deborah Kerr

  • Trombone Mose, the biggest negro, was set busy with a can of paint obliterating the name Narcissus from the bow, and substituting the name Hula Hula, and the others congregated aft and became intently involved in a game of craps.

    Flappers and Philosophers

  • a can of paint obliterating the name Narcissus from the bow, and substituting the name Hula Hula, and the others congregated aft and became intently involved in a game of craps.

    Flappers and Philosophers

  • As a tulipant to the sun (which our herbalists calls Narcissus) when it shines, is

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • She fancies that she loves a certain contemptible puppy called Narcissus; but I have made very short work with him.

    The Green Fairy Book

  • His conversation with Terence Reardon had convinced him that the Narcissus was a misunderstood ship -- that she had been poorly managed and was the victim of a false financial policy.

    Cappy Ricks Or, the Subjugation of Matt Peasley

  • Aristobulus and Narcissus themselves, some think, were absent, or lately dead; others think they were unbelievers, and such as did not themselves embrace Christianity; so Pareus: and some think this Narcissus was the same with one of that name who is frequently mentioned in the life of Claudius, as a very rich man that had a great family, but was very wicked and mischievous.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • He can run with Beck under the "Narcissus" party banner.

    Lou Dobbs weighing White House run in 2012

  • If Driscoll's criticism of Narcissus (anyone else note that the image he uses in his presentation is Caravaggio's painting from the Wikipedia page for Narcissus, or that he mispronounces "Narcissus" as "Narsus"?) is noble -- and it's easy to agree that altruism is a goal to pursue -- his approach to arguing his point is disgraceful.

    Menachem Wecker: Why Does Pastor Mark Driscoll Say Judaism Is Anti-Children?

  • The CD-ROM references include Joseph Conrad's novel "The Nigger of the 'Narcissus'" and a passage from a biography of Martin Luther King Jr.

    Sex In Sacramento

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