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1. Greek Mythology Of or relating to Apollo or his cult.
2. often apollonian
a. Characterized by clarity, harmony, and restraint.
b. In the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, of or embodying the power of critical reason as opposed to the creative-intuitive.
3. often apollonian Serenely high-minded; noble.
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1. (Classical Myth & Legend) of or relating to Apollo or the cult of Apollo
2. (Philosophy) (sometimes not capital) (in the philosophy of Nietzsche) denoting or relating to the set of static qualities that encompass form, reason, harmony, sobriety, etc
3. (often not capital) harmonious; serene; ordered
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(ˌæp əˈloʊ ni ən)

1. of or pertaining to Apollo or his cult.
2. (l.c.) serene, calm, or well-balanced.
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