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He forgot Cæsar, the disfavor into which he had fallen, the degraded Augustians, the persecution threatening the Christians, Vinicius, Lygia, and looked only at her with the eyes of an anthetic man enamoured of marvellous forms, and of a lover for whom love breathes from those forms.
Quo Vadis: a narrative of the time of Nero Henryk Sienkiewicz 1881
sueellenlegnon commented on the word anthetic
Ok, I'm going to propose a meaning for the this word. Seems to me its derivative must be the same as for the word anthesis, which refers to the period during which a plant is receptive to pollination. I'm going to propose "receptive to romance or romantic overtures" as a meaning based on the one use of it found in Quo Vadis
April 2, 2010