- Phallic. [from 1786]
- 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.
- Excessively masculine; excessively concerned with masculinity.
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.