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  • adj. youthful
  • adj. pubescent, adolescent

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to an ephebe, or to the ancient Greek system of public instruction of young men to fit them for the duties and privileges of citizenship.
  • Of or pertaining to the adult stage of individual development or ontogeny, as contrasted with the adolescent and the senile stages.


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  • A few that weren't are here, ephebic abstractions that don't do him credit.

    Major Actor, Minor Artist

  • Robin is a handsome ephebic adolescent boy, usually shown in his uniform with bare legs.

    Grand Theft Childhood

  • “The true and exact text of the Athenian ephebic oath is no longer in doubt.

    Athenian Ephebic Oath

  • Political regulations established by the rulers are called thesmoi in the ephebic oath (Tod, No. 204. 11-14); in Aristophanes (Birds 331) and in

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • Compare the Athenian ephebic oath with the vows of chivalry.

    The History of Education; educational practice and progress considered as a phase of the development and spread of western civilization

  • Motor specialties requiring exactness and grace like piano-playing, drawing, writing, pronunciation of a foreign tongue, dancing, acting, singing, and a host of virtuosities, must be well begun before the relative arrest of accessory growth at the dawn of the ephebic regeneration and before its great afflux of strength.

    Youth: Its Education, Regimen, and Hygiene

  • Secondly and more clearly, men tend to vent their ephebic calentures more in the field of action.

    Youth: Its Education, Regimen, and Hygiene

  • It is, I believe, high time that ephebic literature should be recognized as a class by itself, and have a place of its own in the history of letters and in criticism.

    Youth: Its Education, Regimen, and Hygiene

  • Nature prompts to a modest reticence for which the deflowerers of all ephebic naiveté should have some respect.

    Youth: Its Education, Regimen, and Hygiene

  • In a queer reading of the story, in fact, we can trace homoerotic undercurrents beyond the young men's sharing of clothes and kisses: David's nature-boy-musician character resonates with the archetypes of Tammuz, Adonis, Orpheus; as ephebic armour-bearer to brooding Saul, he recalls Patroklus's relationship to Akhilleos; as servile youth to an autocratic overlord, we might even see a hint of Zeus's houseboy Gaymede; even the phraseology of the text focuses us on the physical act of David's hand, the young man's fingers gently strumming this … instrument.

    Notes From The Geek Show


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