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Alcestis

[al-ses-tis] /ælˈsɛs tɪs/
noun
1.
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.
2.
(italics) a tragedy (438 b.c.) by Euripides.
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  • 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
  • Read some of the "Alcestis" (Euripides) before going to bed.

    Lost Diaries Maurice Baring
  • But fairest of the fair, as the moon among stars, was Alcestis.

    Children of the Dawn Elsie Finnimore Buckley
  • 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
  • Yet straightway he came and stood beside Alcestis, and took her hand in his.

    Children of the Dawn Elsie Finnimore Buckley
  • At last the day of doom arrived on which Alcestis was to die.

    Children of the Dawn Elsie Finnimore Buckley
  • And the chances are fifty to one against your joining the Alcestis.

    The Maid of Sker Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • So he prayed to Apollo to recall his gift, and to give him back his wife Alcestis.

  • As a mere flower, it is neuter; but as being the type of Alcestis, it is feminine.

  • Gower has the story of Alcestis in his Confessio Amantis; ed.

British Dictionary definitions for Alcestis

Alcestis

/ælˈsɛstɪs/
noun
1.
(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
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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."

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