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- Phallic. [from 1786]
- Synonym: phallic
- 1826: A General and Bibliographical Dictionary of the Fine Arts by James Elmes
- The only relic of the temple of Isis is a priapic goblet; from the spout of which it is plain that the votaries must have quaffed the wine.
- Related to or overly concerned with male sexual activity or exhibiting excessive male sexual activity.
- 2017 October 1, “A portrait of the artists as a pair of young wastrels”, in Standpoint Magazine:
- Both artists were charming, shameless and cruel, and revelled in what Bacon called an “atmosphere of threat”. Often on the run or hiding out, they led priapic private lives: Bacon was homosexual, Freud hetero.
- 2017 September 30, Ross Douthat, “Speaking Ill of Hugh Hefner”, in New York Times:
- And in every way that mattered his life story proved that we were wrong to listen to him, because at the end of the long slide lay only a degraded, priapic senility, or the desperate gaiety of Prince Prospero’s court with the Red Death at the door.
- 2018 January 29, Jason Horowitz, “Berlusconi Is Back. Again. This Time, as Italy’s ‘Nonno’”, in New York Times:
- But despite his waxworks appearance, pre-Weinsteinian penchant for priapic innuendo and lingering criminal trials, Mr. Berlusconi, a former Italian prime minister, is no longer the joke of European politics.
- Excessively masculine; excessively concerned with masculinity.
- Synonym: virile
- 2014 August 23, “Travails of a modern city”, in The Economist:
- Gabriele D’Annunzio, a priapic, drug-addicted poet, war hero, military adventurer and man about town, was a mesmeric figure who encouraged triumphalism in Italy’s nationalist right-wingers.