- 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
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Examples from the Web for ates
The Gardener: "'Cause I 'ates the sight of the blooming thing."Jokes For All Occasions
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
We don't work for it; it's the bread of shame and idleness: and yet it's Owen M'Carthy that ates it!Phelim O'toole's Courtship and Other Stories
"I 'ates them as gives themselves airs in other people's 'ouses," had been Sims' verdict on the nurse.I Walked in Arden
- the past tense of eat
- Greek myth a goddess who makes men blind so that they will blunder into guilty acts
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.
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