pygmalion

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Pygmalion, from Ancient Greek Πυγμαλίων ‎(Pygmalion), from Phoenician [script needed] ‎(Pumayyaton).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈpɪɡmˈeɪliɒn/

Noun[edit]

pygmalion ‎(plural pygmalions)

  1. One who acts as the legendary Greek sculptor Pygmalion (who was granted the wish of having life given to a sculpture of his which he loved a great deal), as in George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion in which he sometimes refers to his main character (Henry Higgins) as Pygmalion Higgins.

Adjective[edit]

pygmalion ‎(not comparable)

  1. Bloody (only in 'not pygmalion likely'), from the sensational, and then scandalous, line "not bloody likely" in George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion.