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Amphitryon

[am-fi-tree-uh n] /æmˈfɪ tri ən/
noun, Classical Mythology.
1.
the husband of the virtuous Alcmene, whom Zeus seduced by assuming the form of Amphitryon, resulting in the birth of Hercules.
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  • Vavasour liked to be the Amphitryon of a cluster of personal enemies.

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  • The Amphitryon, which Cagnolo had prepared for the stage, was also played.

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  • Has not my master, Amphitryon, commanded me to come here to Alcmene his wife?

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  • What did Amphitryon obtain as his share of all the plunder taken from our enemies?

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  • Do you wish me not to do my duty, and follow in Amphitryon's footsteps?

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  • Come, Amphitryon, you are joking in acting thus: you ought to be ashamed of it.

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  • We shall not suffer this strange combat of Amphitryon against himself.

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  • One of us is Amphitryon; and both of us may seem so in your eyes.

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  • (In a cloud,) Behold, Amphitryon, who has imposed on you; under his own aspect you see Jupiter.

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  • The Amphitryon and Cassina of Plautus were frequently given.

British Dictionary definitions for Amphitryon

Amphitryon

/æmˈfɪtrɪən/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) the grandson of Perseus and husband of Alcmene
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