What is another word for leonine?

170 synonyms found


[ lˈi͡əna͡ɪn], [ lˈi‍əna‍ɪn], [ l_ˈiə_n_aɪ_n]

Leonine is an adjective that means relating to, resembling, or characteristic of a lion. Some synonyms for leonine include lion-like, lionly, leonid, leonal, and feline. These terms describe characteristics of the lion, such as strength, courage, and wildness. Other synonyms include cat-like, predatory, and fierce, which convey similar meanings to leonine. Additionally, the word leonine can be used to describe a person who possesses the qualities of a lion, such as bravery, leadership, and confidence. Synonyms for this type of usage include lionhearted, valiant, and bold. Overall, leonine and its synonyms depict traits of the king of the jungle.

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What are the hypernyms for Leonine?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.

What are the opposite words for leonine?

Leonine means resembling or characteristic of a lion, which includes terms such as fierce, courageous, and regal. Its antonyms, on the other hand, comprise words with a contrasting meaning. Words such as timid, meek, and docile can be used as antonyms for leonine. These terms imply weakness, fearfulness, and submissiveness, which are not commonly associated with lions. Other antonyms for leonine include gentle, sensitive, and mild, which are opposite in nature to the strength and aggression attributed to lions. In essence, the antonyms for leonine evoke a sense of vulnerability rather than power and control.

Usage examples for Leonine

Now, there was something almost leonine in his activity, the latent almost herculean strength he possessed being brought into play.
"One Maid's Mischief"
George Manville Fenn
Very remarkably, both times the big leonine student, Mr. Jeffries, had been the twitcher.
"The Story of Louie"
Oliver Onions
The organ was straining through the warm, fragrant air, and the old clergyman, whose venerable, leonine head, in its crown of snowy hair, Peter could see clearly, spoke in a voice that was thickened with tears.
Kathleen Norris

Famous quotes with Leonine

  • Our first necessity, if India is to survive and do her appointed work in the world, is that the youth of India should learn to think,—to think on all subjects, to think independently, fruitfully, going to the heart of things, not stopped by their surface, free of prejudgments, shearing sophism and prejudice asunder as with a sharp sword, smiting down obscurantism of all kinds as with the mace of Bhima. (...) When there is destruction, it is the form that perishes, not the spirit—for the world and its ways are forms of one Truth which appears in this material world in ever new bodies.... In India, the chosen land, [that Truth] is preserved; in the soul of India it sleeps expectant on that soul's awakening, the soul of India leonine, luminous, locked in the closed petals of the ancient lotus of love, strength and wisdom, not in her weak, soiled, transient and miserable externals. India alone can build the future of mankind. (...) Ancient or pre-Buddhistic Hinduism sought Him both in the world and outside it; it took its stand on the strength and beauty and joy of the Veda, unlike modern or post-Buddhistic Hinduism which is oppressed with Buddha's sense of universal sorrow and Shankara's sense of universal illusion,—Shankara who was the better able to destroy Buddhism because he was himself half a Buddhist. Ancient Hinduism aimed socially at our fulfilment in God in life, modern Hinduism at the escape from life to God. The more modern ideal is fruitful of a noble and ascetic spirituality, but has a chilling and hostile effect on social soundness and development; social life under its shadow stagnates for want of belief and delight, sraddha and ananda. If we are to make our society perfect and the nation is to live again, then we must revert to the earlier and fuller truth.
    Sri Aurobindo

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