golden mean

gold′en mean′
the perfect moderate course or position that avoids extremes; the happy medium
Etymology: 1580–90

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • Golden mean — may refer to: * Doctrine of the Golden Mean ((Chinese: 中庸; pinyin: Zhōng Yóng), a chapter in Li Ji , one of the Four Books of Confucianism *Golden mean (philosophy), the felicitous middle between the extremes of excess and deficiency *Golden… …   Wikipedia

  • Golden mean — Golden Gold en (g[=o]ld n), a. [OE. golden; cf. OE. gulden, AS. gylden, from gold. See {Gold}, and cf. {Guilder}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Made of gold; consisting of gold. [1913 Webster] 2. Having the color of gold; as, the golden grain. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • golden mean — ► NOUN ▪ the ideal moderate position between two extremes …   English terms dictionary

  • golden mean — n. [transl. of L (Horace) aurea mediocritas] the safe, prudent way between extremes; moderation …   English World dictionary

  • golden mean — noun /ˈɡɒld.ən miːn/ A position of balance between good and evil. Auream quisquis mediocritatem diligit, tutus caret obsoleti sordibus tecti, caret invidenda, sobrius aula. (He who chooses the golden mean safely avoids both the hovel and the… …   Wiktionary

  • golden mean — 1. the perfect moderate course or position that avoids extremes; the happy medium. 2. See golden section. [1580 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • golden mean — See mean ( …   Philosophy dictionary

  • golden mean — noun 1》 the ideal moderate position between two extremes. 2》 another term for golden section …   English new terms dictionary

  • golden mean — /goʊldən ˈmin / (say gohlduhn meen) noun 1. a mathematical proportion (golden section) thought to be ideal, used in art and architecture, especially formerly. 2. the happy medium between extremes; moderate course of action. {translation of Latin… …   Australian English dictionary

  • golden mean — noun 1. the proportional relation between two divisions of line or two dimension of a plane figure such that short : long :: long : (short + long) • Syn: ↑golden section • Hypernyms: ↑proportion 2. the middle between extremes …   Useful english dictionary

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