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[ey-tee, ah-tee] /ˈeɪ ti, ˈɑ ti/
an ancient Greek goddess personifying the fatal blindness or recklessness that produces crime and the divine punishment that follows it.
Origin of Ate
< Greek, special use of átē reckless impulse, ruin, akin to aáein to mislead, harm Unabridged
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  • The Gardener: "'Cause I 'ates the sight of the blooming thing."

  • Which she will be some day, said cook; and I ates to think of it.

    A Very Naughty Girl L. T. Meade
  • Can't you wait till he ates a thrifle o' some-thin' stout, to keep life in him, afther his hard journey?

    The Poor Scholar William Carleton
  • We don't work for it; it's the bread of shame and idleness: and yet it's Owen M'Carthy that ates it!

  • "I 'ates them as gives themselves airs in other people's 'ouses," had been Sims' verdict on the nurse.

    I Walked in Arden Jack Crawford
  • Is she alive, is she dead, does she iver dhream iv him as she ates her hay an' rubs her back agin th' bars iv her gilded cage?

    Mr. Dooley Says Finley Dunne
  • The pig, the crathur, won't get fat; he ates everything he can reach, and still he looks like a basket wid a skin over it.

    Fairies and Folk of Ireland William Henry Frost
British Dictionary definitions for ates


/ɛt; eɪt/
the past tense of eat


/ˈeɪtɪ; ˈɑːtɪ/
(Greek myth) a goddess who makes men blind so that they will blunder into guilty acts
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek atē a rash impulse
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Word Origin and History for ates


past tense of eat (q.v.).


Greek goddess of infatuation and evil, from ate "infatuation, bane, ruin, mischief," of uncertain origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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