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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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.