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[al-ses-tis] /ælˈsɛs tɪs/
Also, Alkestis. Classical Mythology. the wife of Admetus who gave up her life in order that the Fates might save the life of Admetus and later was brought back from Hades by Hercules.
(italics) a tragedy (438 b.c.) by Euripides. Unabridged
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  • And of a truth, lady, thou art very like in shape and stature to my Alcestis that is dead.

  • The funeral of a rich person was to them what the funeral of Alcestis or Ophelia is to the educated.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • After a short struggle he defeats the powers of Death and restores Alcestis to her husband.

    The Opera R.A. Streatfeild
  • Read some of the "Alcestis" (Euripides) before going to bed.

    Lost Diaries Maurice Baring
  • Next to the Cyclops I am not sure what play would come, but the Alcestis would not be far off.

  • But fairest of the fair, as the moon among stars, was Alcestis.

    Children of the Dawn Elsie Finnimore Buckley
  • And when the old man had departed, they carried forth Alcestis to her burial.

  • Then he told him of his love for Alcestis, and how he could never hope to win her.

    Children of the Dawn Elsie Finnimore Buckley
  • Wondering how it was that he had been so quickly cured, he made haste to find Alcestis and tell her the good news.

    Old Greek Stories James Baldwin
  • Yet straightway he came and stood beside Alcestis, and took her hand in his.

    Children of the Dawn Elsie Finnimore Buckley
British Dictionary definitions for Alcestis


(Greek myth) the wife of king Admetus of Thessaly. To save his life, she died in his place, but was rescued from Hades by Hercules
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Alcestis

wife of Admetus, she offered her life for her husband and was rescued from the Underworld by Herakles, from Greek Alkestis, literally "valiant, courageous," from alke "protection, help, strength, power."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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