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Circe

[sur-see] /ˈsɜr si/
noun
1.
Also, Kirke. Also called Aeaea. Classical Mythology. the enchantress represented by Homer as turning the companions of Odysseus into swine by means of a magic drink.
2.
a dangerously or irresistibly fascinating woman.
Related forms
Circean, Circaean
[ser-see-uh n] /sərˈsi ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • "It is all your own fault," goes on Circe, strong in argument.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • I do not know, but at least the one of this evening is a Circe—a something irresistible.

    The Queen's Necklace

    Alexandre Dumas pre
  • It belongs with peculiar propriety to Circe, as the daughter of the sun.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • Circe is the lower mind-force, which cleaves to the transitory.

  • The whole circle halted, as though Circe had transfixed them.

  • Far off the tower of Astura, and the faint Cape of Circe among mists.

    The Spirit of Rome Vernon Lee
  • He does as the God (and his own valor) directed, and Circe cowers down subdued.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • Here, then, we behold a new phase of Circe, that of the seeress into the Beyond.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • Circe thus indicates her own limitation, which belongs to morals and art.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • So much for Circe in her new relation in the present Book; how about Ulysses?

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
British Dictionary definitions for Circe

Circe

/ˈsɜːsɪ/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) an enchantress who detained Odysseus on her island and turned his men into swine
Derived Forms
Circean (sɜːˈsɪən) adjective
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Word Origin and History for Circe
n.

enchantress of the isle of Aea who transformed into swine those who drank from her cup ("Odyssey"), late 14c., from Latin Circe, from Greek Kirke. Related: Circean.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Circe in Culture
Circe [(sur-see)]

In classical mythology, a powerful sorceress who turned people into swine. On the way home from Troy, the crew of Odysseus fell prey to her spells.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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