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Alethea

[al-uh-thee-uh] /ˌæl əˈθi ə/
noun
1.
a female given name: from a Greek word meaning “truth.”.
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  • For this was his mission, to find the Alethea before she sailed.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • The Alethea was within the wide jaws of the Western Scheldt.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • It was this which decided Alethea that the boy was worth taking pains with.

    The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
  • Alethea was more serious, naturally, than he had ever seen her before.

    John Deane of Nottingham W.H.G. Kingston
  • In the first he recognised his brother Jasper, and in the lady, the fair Alethea.

    John Deane of Nottingham W.H.G. Kingston
  • He still continued to indulge in dreams of some day winning the fair Alethea.

    John Deane of Nottingham W.H.G. Kingston
  • The fair Alethea formed a prominent feature in most of them.

    John Deane of Nottingham W.H.G. Kingston
  • He thought Alethea the most beautiful creature he had ever set eyes on.

    John Deane of Nottingham W.H.G. Kingston
  • He, however, said nothing on the subject which Alethea had discussed with him.

    John Deane of Nottingham W.H.G. Kingston
  • Their plans were scarcely arranged when Alethea entered the room.

    John Deane of Nottingham W.H.G. Kingston
Word Origin and History for Alethea

fem. proper name, from Greek aletheia "truth, truthfulness," from alethes "true," literally "not concealing," from privative prefix a- "not" (see a- (3)) + lethe "forgetfulness, oblivion" (see latent).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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