(Roman mythology) god of love; counterpart of Greek Eros
a symbol for love in the form of a cherubic naked boy with wings and a bow and arrow
: The god of love, son of Venus; usually depicted as a naked, winged boy with bow and arrow.
a putto carrying a bow and arrow, representing Cupid or love
Origin: Cupido, from cupido desire, desire of love, from cupidus.
the god of love, son of Venus; usually represented as a naked, winged boy with bow and arrow
Origin: [L.Cupido, fr. cupido desire, desire of love, fr. cupidus. See Cupidity.]
In classical mythology, Cupid is the god of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection. He is often portrayed as the son of the love goddess Venus, and is known in Latin also as Amor. His Greek counterpart is Eros. Although Eros appears in Classical Greek art as a slender winged youth, during the Hellenistic period he was increasingly portrayed as a chubby boy. During this time, his iconography acquired the bow and arrow that represent his source of power: a person, or even a deity, who is shot by Cupid's arrow is filled with uncontrollable desire. In myths, Cupid is a minor character who serves mostly to set the plot in motion. He is a main character only in the tale of Cupid and Psyche, when wounded by his own weapons he experiences the ordeal of love. Although other extended stories are not told about him, his tradition is rich in poetic themes and visual scenarios, such as "Love conquers all" and the retaliatory punishment or torture of Cupid. In art, Cupid often appears in multiples as the Amores, or amorini in the later terminology of art history, the equivalent of the Greek erotes. Cupids are a frequent motif of both Roman art and later Western art of the classical tradition. In the 15th century, the iconography of Cupid starts to become indistinguishable from the putto.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
or Amor, the god of love, viewed as a chubby little boy, armed with bow and arrows, and often with eyes bandaged.
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
A driver of sharp darts. CUPIDITY A driver of sharp deals.
The numerical value of CUPID in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of CUPID in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
If Cupid misses the heart, he touches the body fatally. (Si Cupidon rate le cœur, Il touche mortellement le corps)
But love is blind and lovers cannot see
The pretty follies that themselves commit;
For if they could, Cupid himself would blush
To see me thus transformed to a boy.
Sure there is music even in the beauty, and the silent note which Cupid strikes, far sweeter than the sound of an instrument. For there is music wherever there is harmony, order and proportion; and thus far we may maintain the music of the spheres; for those well ordered motions, and regular paces, though they give no sound unto the ear, yet to the understanding they strike a note most full of harmony.
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