Definition of androgyne in US English:



  • 1An androgynous individual.

    • ‘It is the painter's image of the desirable androgyne, his fantasy.’
    • ‘The second discusses how Huysmans and Wilde absorbed these debates and produced emblematic literary examples in three main paradigms of dandy: qua androgyne, qua homosexual, qua hysteric.’
    • ‘He's violated the rules of both racial and gender identity by transforming himself into an alabaster androgyne.’
    • ‘Both mediator and androgyne, living on the margin of the female collective, Ahmed / Zahra is a complex character whose place in the tale proves to be ambivalent, to say the least.’
    • ‘A hetero Chicago hood, to his embarrassment, finds himself falling for this ambivalent androgyne.’
    • ‘I'm considered an intersex person, and I see myself as an androgyne which is neither male nor female but a complex mixture of all.’
    • ‘In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, feminine difference was often absorbed into the utopian figure of the androgyne.’
    • ‘But Musa gently declines this interpretation; to her, Viola is less a complex androgyne, more an innocent, maligned woman who grapples with her unrequited love for Duke Orsino, and mourns her presumed-dead twin brother, Sebastian.’
    • ‘But she is nothing if not scrupulous about deflecting personal scrutiny, having long since turned herself into a more or less ageless, stateless androgyne.’
    • ‘Thus that attraction to androgynes is not actually the same as homosexual desire.’
    • ‘This Agdistis, like the androgynes of Plato, was extremely mighty and had strong sexual feelings toward both men and women.’
    • ‘And while we're back on the subject of everybody's favourite shaven-headed warbling arthouse androgyne, perhaps I should blog the following exchange from yesterday evening.’
    • ‘These human representatives of the primal animal androgynes become highly revered and powerful.’
    • ‘The other two androgynes were closing in on Jess from behind.’
    • ‘Roles such as the Golden Slave in Scheherazade, the Poet in Les Sylphides, the tragic puppet in Petrouchka, and the airborne androgyne in Le Spectre de la rose were forever marked by the imprint of his personality.’
    • ‘I identify as an androgyne, by the way, in case anyone feels that's relevant to deciding how to take this response.’
    • ‘What this ad seems to be suggesting is that if everything goes right, you too can have your pockets rifled through by a stringy haired androgyne in a psychedelic meadow of nondescript yellow.’
    asexual, sexless, unsexed, epicene
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    1. 1.1 A hermaphrodite.
      • ‘Here, the androgyne, as apparent exception to a society of single-sexed humans, provides a space from which to judge the way sex is produced in the first place, and hence the unnatural origins of a ‘true sex.’’
      • ‘This Caeneus was considered to be an androgyne, both man and woman, like Teiresias.’
      • ‘First, and in keeping with Plato's Symposium, the hermaphrodite represents the perfect wholeness of the primordial androgyne.’
      • ‘If they stay true to their nature, androgynes cannot reproduce.’
      • ‘It is pretty rare for an androgyne actually to * be * hermaphroditic - that is, balanced perfectly between male and female.’
      • ‘With its classic form of an egg or here, of a triangle, its autonomous sexuality, the androgyne is a perfect creature, a continuity of bliss [jouissance] which nothing can interrupt.’


Mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek androgunos, from anēr, andr- ‘man’ + gunē ‘woman’.