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[yoo-rip-i-deez, yuh-] /yʊˈrɪp ɪˌdiz, yə-/
c480–406? b.c, Greek dramatist.
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Euripidean, adjective Unabridged
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  • It is Euripides who betrays to us the real meaning of such revolt.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • Verily, then, tragedy is a wise thing and Euripides a great tragedian.

    The Republic Plato
  • And if you reply 'Yes,' there will be a case for Euripides; for our tongue will be unconvinced, but not our mind.

    Theaetetus Plato
  • Lectures with reading and study of the plays of Æschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • He always makes the most of his Story too: Euripides not often.

  • Polyxena, in Euripides's Hekuba, 360, bewails her anticipated lot as a slave.


    William Graham Sumner
  • Euripides was wont to say, "Silence is an answer to a wise man."

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • Euripides used almost the same term in floater, for a seaman.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Presently he read to them, Murray's "Hippolytus" of Euripides.

    Saint's Progress John Galsworthy
  • The last two lines are from Euripides, "Hippolytus," 449, 450.

British Dictionary definitions for Euripides


?480–406 bc, Greek tragic dramatist. His plays, 18 of which are extant, include Alcestis, Medea, Hippolytus, Hecuba, Trojan Women, Electra, Iphigeneia in Tauris, Iphigeneia in Aulis, and Bacchae
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Euripides in Culture
Euripides [(yoo-rip-i-deez)]

An ancient Greek dramatist. He was the author of numerous tragedies, including the Bacchae, Medea, and The Trojan Women. He often used the device of deus ex machina (literally, “a god from the machine”) to resolve his plots.

Note: Today, a “deus ex machina” refers to any person or event that provides a sudden, unexpected solution to a problem or situation.
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