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ˈkyu pɪdcu·pid

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Cupid, Amornoun

    (Roman mythology) god of love; counterpart of Greek Eros

  2. cupidnoun

    a symbol for love in the form of a cherubic naked boy with wings and a bow and arrow

Wiktionary

  1. Cupidnoun

    The god of love, son of Venus; usually depicted as a naked, winged boy with bow and arrow.

    Etymology: Cupido, from cupido desire, desire of love, from cupidus.

  2. cupidnoun

    a putto carrying a bow and arrow, representing Cupid or love

    Etymology: Cupido, from cupido desire, desire of love, from cupidus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cupid

    the god of love, son of Venus; usually represented as a naked, winged boy with bow and arrow

    Etymology: [L.Cupido, fr. cupido desire, desire of love, fr. cupidus. See Cupidity.]

Freebase

  1. Cupid

    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

  1. Cupid

    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

  1. CUPID

    A driver of sharp darts. CUPIDITY A driver of sharp deals.

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Mythology

  1. Cupid

    (Cu′pid), the god of love, was the son of Jupiter and Venus. He is represented as a naked, winged boy, with a bow and arrows, and a torch. When he grew up to be a man he married Psyche.

    “For Venus did but boast one only son, And rosy Cupid was that boasted one; He, uncontroll’d, thro’ heaven extends his sway, And gods and goddesses by turns obey.” (Eusden, 1713.)

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cupid in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cupid in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of cupid in a Sentence

  1. Fred MagnanimiisFounder:

    After nearly ten years of marriage, sometimes [ I ] need to shoot her again with [ cupid's ] arrow, just to remind her that we can still be in the honeymoon phase.

  2. William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act II Scene 6:

    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.

  3. Charles de LEUSSE:

    If Cupid misses the heart, he touches the body fatally. (Si Cupidon rate le cœur, Il touche mortellement le corps)

  4. William Shakespeare:

    Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind. And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.

  5. Sir Thomas Browne:

    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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