Meaning of Apollonian in English:


Pronunciation /ˌapəˈləʊnɪən/


  • 1Greek Mythology
    Relating to the god Apollo.

    • ‘In fact, when we make reference today to the basic body types in our sport, we use terms like Apollonian and Herculean, such is the great influence of early Greek society on athletic pursuits.’
  • 2Relating to the rational, ordered, and self-disciplined aspects of human nature.

    Compare with Dionysiac

    ‘the struggle between cold Apollonian categorization and Dionysiac lust and chaos’
    • ‘But in the final analysis, we must surely concede that Stravinsky's serene Apollonian vision of order and harmony was unequal to the moral catastrophe of his century.’
    • ‘If it is impossible to compass flux, truly to prescribe life a symbolic form, then notions of Apollonian order, of Dionysian excess, are no different; merely another illusory device.’
    • ‘We have to go back in our lives constantly and these models that the Greeks provide, the ordered Apollonian and the brilliant chaotic aspect of the Dionysian are both extremely valuable concepts.’
    • ‘If blind evolution is the Dionysisan, spontaneous self-organization is the Apollonian, the source of restraint and order.’
    • ‘There's great beauty, there's great chaos, there's death and rebirth, it goes back to the classical Greek myths, the Apollonian and the Dionysian.’
    • ‘I remember when we were discussing this earlier you were saying that in a way this tends to stack up as an argument between the Apollonian and the Dionysian view.’
    • ‘The contrast between the rational and mystical aspects of life is often epitomized as the conflict between the Apollonian and the Dionysian.’
    • ‘They have some good stuff comparing Apollonian and Dionysian consciousness…’
    • ‘As the last true representative of the Greek philosophical spirit, Plotinus is Apollonian, not Dionysian.’
    • ‘It's almost as if he obeyed two impulses, Dionysian and Apollonian.’
    • ‘In his essays this perspective is linked to the Greeks' doctrine of moderation and the demand for a balance between the Apollonian and Dionysian forces.’
    • ‘It's such a detailed map of culture and philosophy and psychology, and a poignant rendering of the struggle between Apollonian and Dionysian tendencies.’
    • ‘He thinks so logically that he is more like an Apollonian scholar than a Dionysian artist.’
    • ‘Conflict is what this drama is about: conflict between what might be called masculine principles and feminine principles or, in Greek terms, between the Apollonian and chthonic, or earthy.’
    • ‘Despite its Apollonian name, what this theater specialized in was always the Dionysiac: the energy, the pizzazz begotten on the despair of social injustice.’
    • ‘But most are convincingly realized, self-contained worlds: Apollonian, harmonious, impersonal.’
    • ‘Yet Warburg did not see history simply as the triumphal procession of Apollonian logic and beauty in the centuries following the Renaissance.’
    • ‘These are strong, assertive readings, inspiringly so in the Brahms, which too often is played as if in a state of fear or Apollonian disinvolvement.’
    • ‘Loft, the professor, was lecturing about the two driving forces of art - the Apollonian and the Dionysian.’
    • ‘The purity of Apollonian art, in contrast, implies quitting the locus of pain.’