Halcyon vs Evasive - What's the difference?

halcyon | evasive |

As a proper noun halcyon

is .

As an adjective evasive is





(en noun)
  • In classical legends, a bird said to nest on the sea, thereby calming the waters; later usually identified with a type of kingfisher, hence (poetic) a kingfisher.
  • *, II.12:
  • the Halcyon' bird, or as some call it Alcedo or Kings-fisher, exceeds all mens conceit..
  • * 1665 , (John Dryden), (The Indian Emperour) , IV iv 132:
  • Amidst our arms as quiet you shall be / As halcyons brooding on a winter sea.
  • * c''.1880 , (Ambrose Bierce), '' :
  • And, by the way, during those halcyon days (the halcyon was there, too, chattering above every creek, as he is all over the world) we fought another battle.
  • * Dryden
  • Amidst our arms as quiet you shall be / As halcyons brooding on a winter sea.
  • A tropical kingfisher of the genus Halcyon'', such as the sacred kingfisher ''(Halcyon sancta) of Australia.
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Pertaining to the halcyon or kingfisher
  • Calm, undisturbed, peaceful, serene.
  • Quotations

    {{timeline, 1700s=1787, 1800s=1842, 1900s=1919 1963}} * 1787 *: Reflections of this kind may have trifling weight with men who hope to see realized in America the halcyon scenes of the poetic or fabulous age. * 1842 — , Cicero *:* Deep, halcyon repose. * 1919 — *: I had wander’d in rapture beneath them, and bask’d in the Halcyon clime. *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham) , title=(The China Governess) , chapter=1 citation , passage=The huge square box, parquet-floored and high-ceilinged, had been arranged to display a suite of bedroom furniture designed and made in the halcyon days of the last quarter of the nineteenth century, when modish taste was just due to go clean out of fashion for the best part of the next hundred years.}}


    * at peace, blissful, calm, peaceful, prelapsarian, relaxed, serene

    Derived terms

    * halcyon days

    See also

    * Alcyone ----




    (en adjective)
  • Tending to avoid speaking openly or making revelations about oneself.
  • Directed towards avoidance or escape; evasive action .
  • Synonyms

    * elusive, slippery, shifty, cagey, elusory, sly, noncommital * unclear, vague, equivocal, ambiguous * tricky, deceitful, devious

    Derived terms

    * (l) * (l)