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Antaeus

[an-tee-uh s]
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noun Classical Mythology.
  1. an African giant who was invincible when in contact with the earth but was lifted into the air by Hercules and crushed.
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Related formsAn·tae·an, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Antaeus could not endure to have it said that any mortal was half so mighty as himself.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • On all their holidays, the Pygmies had excellent sport with Antaeus.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Antaeus had left his mother, the Earth, and was losing his strength in the air.

    The Leech

    Phillips Barbee

  • They attached me to the earth, and so I got strength like Antaeus.

  • I am falling in a heap, hold me up higher Antaeus and Atlas.


British Dictionary definitions for antaeus

Antaeus

noun
  1. Greek myth an African giant who was invincible as long as he touched the ground, but was lifted into the air by Hercules and crushed to death
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Word Origin and History for antaeus

Antaeus

Libyan giant slain by Herakles, from Greek Antaios, literally "opposite, opposed to, hostile," from anta "over against, face to face," related to anti "opposite, against" (see ante).

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