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Friday, January 22



Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, late 15th century


Relating to or characteristic of Icarus, especially in being excessively ambitious.

Examples of Icarian in a sentence

"Her career path was marked with Icarian disappointment."

"We need to revise our plan from the Icarian blueprint the architect provided."

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About Icarian

If you use the adjective Icarian to describe a person or an event, then you are referencing the myth of Icarus — a boy whose disregard of the consequences doomed him to fall into the ocean. There's another, simpler word you can substitute here: foolhardy.

Did you Know?

Icarus and his tragic end of flying too close to the sun (his wax wings melted) lives on in popular culture. Literary characters and conversational turns-of-phrase embody key elements of his story, ensuring Icarian legend lives — and soars — on.

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