Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A male given name.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A brownish purple pigment, obtained by the action of some compounds of tin upon certain salts of gold. It is used in painting and staining porcelain and glass to give a beautiful purple color. Commonly called Purple of Cassius.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A certain purple pigment. See purple.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. prime mover in the conspiracy against Julius Caesar (died in 42 BC)

Etymologies

Latin Cassius, a Roman gens name possibly derived from cassus ("empty"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In the sixties, when he shed the name Cassius Clay, which he dismissed as his slave name, and refused to be inducted into the military to fight in Vietnam, temporarily giving up his freedom and wealth and title in the process, he became what Hauser called “a symbol of divided America.”

    Into the Story

  • “Excuse me,” she said, “but is your name Cassius by any chance?”

    SELLING THE WHEEL

  • He was hired to be Ali's trainer and cornerman in 1960 back when the brash-talking, quick-jabbing boxer went by the name Cassius Clay.

    CNN.com

  • Purple of Cassius is a powerful colorant as well as a beautiful one, and it will yield a range of purple, red, and pink colors that can be used in enameling and to decorate ceramics.

    The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe

  • The coloring material of purple of Cassius is a colloidal metallic solution; color is created by the reflection of light off metal particles that are, typically, about one-tenth the diameter of a wavelength of light.

    The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe

  • And, as the basis for the Chinese famille rose porcelain colors that were fashionable in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, purple of Cassius is the unusual example of a coloring material adopted from the West into Asian manufactures. 6 Web Link

    The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe

  • Opening the door, he called Cassius and Brutus, then headed out to the ramparts to walk.

    A Lady of His Own

  • Opening the study door, he called Cassius and Brutus from their sprawl before the fire; stretching, grumbling, they clambered up and obeyed.

    A Lady of His Own

  • "That 'Rose of Cassius' is a most exquisite thing," said the doctor, recurring to the cluster of bare bushy stems in the corner of the garden.

    Queechy

  • But the exhibit starts with less familiar and more personal images from when Ali was known as Cassius Clay - shadowboxing with his family, preening in front of a mirror and riding a bike with adoring local children.

    The Seattle Times

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