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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.
Robin is a handsome ephebic adolescent boy, usually shown in his uniform with bare legs.
The true and exact text of the Athenian ephebic oath is no longer in doubt.
Political regulations established by the rulers are called thesmoi in the ephebic oath (Tod, No. 204. 11-14); in Aristophanes (Birds 331) and in
Compare the Athenian ephebic oath with the vows of chivalry.
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.
Secondly and more clearly, men tend to vent their ephebic calentures more in the field of action.
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.
Nature prompts to a modest reticence for which the deflowerers of all ephebic naiveté should have some respect.
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.