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[an-tig-uh-nee] /ænˈtɪg əˌni/
Classical Mythology. a daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta who defied her uncle, King Creon, by performing funeral rites over her brother, Polynices, and was condemned to be immured alive in a cave.
(italics) a tragedy (c440 b.c.) by Sophocles. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Antigone
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  • Did you put it into his head to paint me as Antigone, that he might have my likeness for this?

    Romola George Eliot
  • Antigone and Ismene then enter, each bewailing the death of their brothers.

  • Antigone would think she was in prison, to be used like that.

    Our Little Lady Emily Sarah Holt
  • In this act of holy devotion Antigone succeeded; Polynikes was buried.

  • Sophocles, the dramatist, puts noble words into the mouth of Antigone.

  • The existence of Marie-Antoinette is problematical; that of Antigone is certain.

    Very Woman

    Remy de Gourmont
  • Antigone, for aiding in the pious Theft, was adjudged to be buried alive.

  • Antigone was the daughter of the old King Oedipus of Thebes.

    A Book of Golden Deeds Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Antigone, Juliet and Robinson Crusoe were all the victims of accident.

    The Life of Bret Harte Henry Childs Merwin
  • What love could be more loyal and more passionate than Hmon's love for Antigone?

    Ephemera Critica John Churton Collins
British Dictionary definitions for Antigone


(Greek myth) daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta, who was condemned to death for cremating the body of her brother Polynices in defiance of an edict of her uncle, King Creon of Thebes
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Word Origin and History for Antigone

daughter of Oedipus, her name may mean "in place of a mother" in Greek, from anti- "opposite, in place of" (see anti-) + gone "womb, childbirth, generation," from root of gignesthai "to be born" related to genos "race, birth, descent" (see genus).

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Antigone in Culture
Antigone [(an-tig-uh-nee)]

In classical mythology, a daughter of King Oedipus. Her two brothers killed each other in single combat over the kingship of their city. Although burial or cremation of the dead was a religious obligation among the Greeks, the king forbade the burial of one of the brothers, for he was considered a traitor. Antigone, torn between her religious and legal obligations, disobeyed the king's order and buried her brother. She was then condemned to death for her crime.

Note: The Greek playwright Sophocles tells her story in Antigone, a play that deals with the conflict between human laws and the laws of the gods.
Antigone [(an-tig-uh-nee)]

A tragedy by Sophocles. It concerns the punishment of Antigone for burying her brother, an act that was forbidden because he had rebelled against his own city. Antigone argues that the burial is required by divine law as opposed to human law.

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