Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See coryphæus.
- n. drama, historical The conductor or leader of the dramatic chorus in Ancient Greece.
- n. by extension The chief or leader of a party or interest.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Gr. Antiq.) The conductor, chief, or leader of the dramatic chorus; hence, the chief or leader of a party or interest.
- From Latin coryphaeus, from Ancient Greek κορυφαῖος (koruphaios, "leader"), from κορυφή (koruphē, "head"). (Wiktionary)
“Epiphanius also regards him as "the corypheus of the Apostles, the firm stone on which rests the unshakable faith" ( "Anchor.", ix, 34; "Hær.", lix, 7, 8) and St. Chrysostom speaks unceasingly of the privileges conferred on Peter by”
“Didymus calls Peter "the corypheus, the head, who was first among the Apostles, through whom the others received the keys" (De Trinit., i, 27, 30; ii, 10, 18).”
“At a first glance we shall be astonished to find that this poet, who may justly be regarded as the corypheus of Circean orgies in the seventeenth century, left in MS. a grave lament upon the woes of Italy.”
“Our countrymen are not over-popular in Portugal or in Madeira; such mortal insults as those offered by Byron, to name only the corypheus, will rankle and can never be forgotten.”
“Worthy corypheus of this Saturnalian, his partner, a tall, brazen creature dressed as a _débardeur_ wearing a cap stuck on a powdered wig with a long tail, had on a vest and trousers of green velvet, fastened around her waist by an orange scarf, whose long ends floated behind.”
“I might argue a superintendency of bishops over presbyters from the superiority of the priests over the Levites, much better than they can found their discipline upon the word elder, catching at the bare letter, and. according to their custom, stripping the word from the sense: and also with much more probability than their corypheus in queen Elizabeth's time argued their discipline from Psalm cxxii. 5, that in Jerusalem there are set thrones of judgment.”
“And this loyal genius always continued amongst us, and grew up with us; which made that noted corypheus  of the independent faction, (and some time after, viz. 1651, promoted by”
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