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Terpsichore   Listen

(Greek mythology) the Muse of the dance and of choral song.
Taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music.  Synonyms: dance, dancing, saltation.

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"Terpsichore" Quotes from Famous Books

... Melpomene and Thalia that they were neither tragical nor comical, Clio that they were not historical, Urania that they were not sublime in conception, Polymnia that they had no stately or simple charm in execution, and Terpsichore, who had joined with Melpomene in admiring the opera, found nothing in the novel which she could own and bless. Fleeting passages, remote and slight fragments, were pleasing to them all, like the oases of a Sahara, or the sites of high civilization on the earth; ...
— Atlantic Monthly Volume 6, No. 34, August, 1860 • Various

... Clifton. And when it was over, when they joined the bright galaxy that were about them and mingled with others in the festive mirth of the hour, a life of joy and social comfort was predicted for the hearts which that night were made one! Music was there with its charms, Terpsichore with her graceful motions, and everything from commencement to close was conducted in so happy and agreeable a manner, that not a few young folks, as they rode home, agreed to go through the same performance at ...
— Town and Country, or, Life at Home and Abroad • John S. Adams

... the Muses sang who dwell on Olympus, nine daughters begotten by great Zeus, Cleio and Euterpe, Thaleia, Melpomene and Terpsichore, and Erato and Polyhymnia and Urania and Calliope [1603], who is the chiefest of them all, for she attends on worshipful princes: whomsoever of heaven-nourished princes the daughters of great Zeus honour, and behold him at his birth, they pour sweet dew upon his tongue, and from ...
— Hesiod, The Homeric Hymns, and Homerica • Homer and Hesiod

... therefore, another was accepted in the person of the Bishop of Orleans, Monseigneur de Jarente, who supplied her with money and other necessaries. In 1771 she decided to build a hotel with an elegant theatre which would comfortably seat five hundred people. The opening of this Temple de Terpsichore was the great event of the year (1772). All the nobility was there, even the princes of the blood, and the "delicious licenses of the presentation were fully enjoyed by those who were fortunate ...
— Women of Modern France - Woman In All Ages And In All Countries • Hugo P. Thieme

... most of the ricos and fashionables left the saloon, but some tireless votaries of Terpsichore still lingered until the rosy Aurora peeped through the "rejas" of the ...
— The White Chief - A Legend of Northern Mexico • Mayne Reid

... at two, having eaten a hearty supper in Nelson's own cabin, and repaired on board the Terpsichore, a smart little frigate of thirty-two guns, twelve pounders, with instructions to her captain to receive him. Two hours later this ship, in company with another still smaller, the Ringdove, 18, left her anchorage, under ...
— The Wing-and-Wing - Le Feu-Follet • J. Fenimore Cooper

... feet! whose charms Are now extended up from legs to arms; Terpsichore!—too long misdeem'd a maid— Reproachful term—bestow'd but to upbraid— Henceforth in all the bronze of brightness shine, The least a vestal of the virgin Nine. Far be from thee and thine the name of ...
— English Satires • Various

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