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Messalina

[mes-uh-lahy-nuh] /ˌmɛs əˈlaɪ nə/
noun
1.
Valeria, died a.d. 48, third wife of Claudius I.
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Examples from the Web for Messalina
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  • Its277 history is connected with one of the worst crimes of Messalina.

    Pagan and Christian Rome Rodolfo Lanciani
  • Chapuys calls Anne a Messalina, but he of course was not an impartial witness.

    Henry VIII. A. F. Pollard
  • One might have been a tragedy, "Messalina," but there were no other dramatic works.

  • Arthur Dillon could not have been more considerate of Messalina.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • Messalina has her divorce from Horace Endicott, and is married to her lover.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • Tremble now for here is a Medusa, a Messalina come to destroy you.

    Fantazius Mallare Ben Hecht
  • Claudius and Messalina had one child—a daughter, named Octavia.

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

    Nero Jacob Abbott
  • The great object of the hostility of these men, seems to have been Silius, rather than Messalina.

    Nero Jacob Abbott
  • On reading what was written it was found that Messalina was assuming a bolder tone.

    Nero Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for Messalina

Messalina

/ˌmɛsəˈliːnə/
noun
1.
Valeria (vəˈlɪərɪə). died 48 ad, wife of the Roman emperor Claudius, notorious for her debauchery and cruelty
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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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