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cynosure

[ sahy-nuh-shoo r, sin-uh- ]SEE DEFINITION OF cynosure

Synonyms for cynosure

  • apotheosis
  • epitome
  • exemplar
  • archetype
  • beauty
  • best
  • champ
  • champion
  • crackerjack
  • cream
  • criterion
  • essence
  • gem
  • ideal
  • jewel
  • love
  • lovely
  • model
  • nonesuch
  • nonpareil
  • original
  • paradigm
  • pattern
  • peach
  • perfection
  • pick
  • prototype
  • quintessence
  • standard
  • sublimation
  • tops
  • trump
  • ultimate
  • beau ideal
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Antonyms for cynosure

  • flaw
  • imperfection
  • worst
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CYNOSURE

He was like one transformed, the cynosure of all initiated in the mysteries of this divinity.

He was the cynosure of all eyes then, and observed of all observers.

To use a poetical phrase, Marengo now became the “cynosure of every eye.”

Or, if he swaggered as he walked, the cynosure of all eyes, from the pavilion to the pitch.

We were soon under the observation of the company, and became the cynosure of a circle.

Cynosure, the star near the North Pole, by which sailors steer.

At the time of the occurrence Parker was the cynosure for all eyes.

No one else could sit at such perfect ease, the cynosure of so many eyes.

Instantly he became the cynosure of a battery of disapproving eyes.

He turned from Paul, who sat down, the cynosure of many eyes.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, from Middle French cynosure (16c.), from Latin Cynosura, literally "dog's tail," the constellation (now Ursa Minor) containing the North Star, the focus of navigation, from Greek kynosoura, literally "dog's tail," from kyon (genitive kynos; see canine) + oura "tail."

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CYNOSURE

North Star

nounpolaris
  • cynosure
  • guiding star
  • lodestar
  • polar star
  • polestar

center

nounmiddle point
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