from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An image.
  • n. A false mental image or conception; a mistaken notion; a fallacy. See idol, 4.
  • n. Also spelled eidolon.


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  • This may be adduced as an instance, specially, of the evil consequences of introducing the 'idolon' of time as an 'ens reale' into spiritual doctrines, thus understanding literally what St. Paul had expressed by figure and adaptation.

    The Literary Remains of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • The idolon exhibisces the seals of his orders: the starre of the Son of Heaven, the girtel of Izodella the Calot-tica, the cross of Michelides Apaleogos, the latchet of Jan of

    Finnegans Wake

  • But it has great elements -- the idolon, the chastity of Helen, the prophetess Theonoe which has to be one of the best names for a prophetess ever.

    Helen and the Phantom Slut

  • Where the god and the idolon were most nearly one there was least danger of confounding them.

    Surprised by Joy

  • Plato himself; a purely dramatic invention, it might perhaps have been fancied, or, so to speak, an idolon theatri -- Plato's self, but presented, with the reserve appropriate to his fastidious genius, in a kind of stage disguise.

    Plato and Platonism

  • The visions of this spirit (idolon) were of a skinny old man (senex macie), bound and shackled.

    The News is - The News is Now Public


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