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[mel-pom-uh-nee] /mɛlˈpɒm əˌni/
noun, Classical Mythology.
the Muse of tragedy.
Origin of Melpomene
< Latin Melpomenē < Greek Melpoménē special use of feminine of present participle of mélpesthai to sing Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Melpomene
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  • To the silent Melpomene, who can express all things with her looks!

    Thais Anatole France
  • "Rodd, sir—of the Melpomene—and there's another inside—" I began.

    Merry-Garden and Other Stories

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • On the other hand, he could not divest himself of the idea that Melpomene was in love with him.

    Gryll Grange Thomas Love Peacock
  • To Thalia and Melpomene are given the realms of comic and tragic poetry.

  • It was a cheap shrine, but I tell you, now, Melpomene was right in it.

    Harvard Stories Waldron Kintzing Post
  • Of late she is so grave, that one might almost mistake her for her sister Melpomene.

    Dialogues of the Dead Lord Lyttelton
  • Melpomene shall be his godmother, and he shall have the witches' caldron in Macbeth for a christening font.

    The Virginians William Makepeace Thackeray
  • And his daughter, Melpomene—she sounded charming, too; and such thick, yellow pig-tails when she was young!

    Mortal Coils Aldous Huxley
  • Melpomene Fugger why, he had brought little Melpel into the world, little Melpchen.

    Mortal Coils Aldous Huxley
  • It was rather a relief for Melpomene when Aunt Bertha shuffled off, in the summer of 1911, this mortal coil.

    Mortal Coils Aldous Huxley
British Dictionary definitions for Melpomene


(Greek myth) the Muse of tragedy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Melpomene

Muse of tragedy, from Latin, from Greek Melpomene, literally "songstress," from melpein "to sing," of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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