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Word Origin and History for clytaemnestra

Clytaemnestra

also Clytemnestra, wife and murderess of Agamemnon, from Greek Klytaimnestra, from klytos "celebrated, heard of" (see loud) + mnester "wooer, suitor," literally "willing to mind, mindful of," related to mnasthai "to remember," from PIE root *men- "to think" (see mind (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for clytaemnestra

Historical Examples

  • For this he was slain on his return from Troy by his wife Clytaemnestra.

    De Officiis

    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • In the opening lines they discountenance adultery (Aegisthus and Clytaemnestra).

  • Being admitted to the palace, he slays both Aegisthus and Clytaemnestra.