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[mes-uh-lahy-nuh] /ˌmɛs əˈlaɪ nə/
Valeria, died a.d. 48, third wife of Claudius I. Unabridged
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  • To us the marring of her son seems the greatest of this Messalina's crimes.

    Court Beauties of Old Whitehall W. R. H. Trowbridge
  • Messalina has her divorce from Horace Endicott, and is married to her lover.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • Messalina, for instance, has small and pretty features, though with rather a sensual development of the lower part of the face.

  • Claudius and Messalina had one child—a daughter, named Octavia.

    Nero Jacob Abbott
  • He was in fact a very general favorite, and Messalina, when she first saw him, conceived a very strong affection for him.

    Nero Jacob Abbott
  • Octavia, the daughter of Claudius and Messalina, was a little younger.

    Nero Jacob Abbott
  • Messalina was only waiting her opportunity to strike a blow.

    Seekers after God Frederic William Farrar
  • On reading what was written it was found that Messalina was assuming a bolder tone.

    Nero Jacob Abbott
  • Was a Lucretia the heroine of the tragedy, she was careful in the epilogue to speak like Messalina.

    Peg Woffington Charles Reade
  • If one has had the misfortune to marry Messalina, one learns to be philosophic.

British Dictionary definitions for Messalina


Valeria (vəˈlɪərɪə). died 48 ad, wife of the Roman emperor Claudius, notorious for her debauchery and cruelty
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Messalina

"scheming and licentious woman," 1887, in reference to Valeria Messalina, notorious third wife of Roman emperor Claudius.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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