American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to the phallus carried in the ancient festival of Bacchus.
- adj. Having the penis erect. Used of graphic and sculptural representations.
- adj. Lascivious; salacious.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or characterized by an ithyphallus, or the ceremonies associated with its use as a religious symbol, etc.
- Hence Grossly indecent; obscene.
- In ancient prosody, sung in phallic processions; specifically, noting a group of three trochees or a period containing such a group.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the erect phallus that was carried in bacchic processions.
- adj. by extension lascivious or obscene.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Lustful; lewd; salacious; indecent; obscene.
- From Late Latin ithyphallicus, from Greek ιθυφαλλικός (ithyfallikós) (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin īthyphallicus, from Greek īthuphallikos, from īthuphallos, erect phallus : īthus, straight + phallos, phallus; see bhel-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The real Pan has hairs upon his balls, an ithyphallic god.”
“And then you follow that with the absurd satire of Humanism -- nihilist Nietszche prancing on in goathide leggings with an ithyphallic cock dancing in the air, bringing existential panic, but saying "Whatever doesn't kill me, makes me stronger" -- bara boom.”
“A pamphlet of 1639 showed Robin as a horned, hoofed, ithyphallic satyr, leading witches' revels in the company of a black dog and an owl.”
“Though an ithyphallic god of lust, Legba was also androgynous.”
“Either image would appeal to the Surrealist Ernst, as comic in a bawdy sense, as shocking to a correct, middle-class audience — in the Dada/Surrealist mode, and, as evocative in a Freudian spirit, of repressed meditations on the afterparts and on the ithyphallic form of the elephant itself.”
“But the first, dark, ithyphallic God whom men had once known so tremendous — Struthers had no use for Him.”
“He wanted men once more to refer the sensual passion of love sacredly to the great dark God, the ithyphallic, of the first dark religions.”
“The god Min is ithyphallic and his sign is a standing god with a horizontal stroke.”
“Carnelian's ugly needle of beef-bouillon-colored silica glass, entangled in a dozen skyways, overwhelms the stately old City Hall, while the 400-story ithyphallic monstrosity that houses Galapharma seems on the point of crushing the Queen's Quay Terminal.”
“(I'd only realize later that Rampart would have transferred its Toronto headquarters to the ithyphallic monolith on the waterfront that had once housed Galapharma.)”
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