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Melpomene

[mel-pom-uh-nee] /mɛlˈpɒm əˌni/
noun, Classical Mythology.
1.
the Muse of tragedy.
Origin of Melpomene
< Latin Melpomenē < Greek Melpoménē special use of feminine of present participle of mélpesthai to sing
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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

Melpomene

/mɛlˈpɒmɪnɪ/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) the Muse of tragedy
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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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