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Ophelia

[oh-feel-yuh] /oʊˈfil yə/
noun
1.
a female given name.
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  • According to this view, Hamlet's love for Ophelia never changed.

    Shakespearean Tragedy A. C. Bradley
  • From the programme Fiorsen read, "Ophelia's last dance," and again he grinned.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • However, after teasing his cousin a little more, he wrote out the paper, and Topsy belonged to Miss Ophelia.

  • When Hamlet offers advice to Ophelia in the words: "Get thee to a nunnery!"

  • Ophelia was to be mated to a pure Dane owned by a captain, who promised to bring "Prince" on his next trip from Europe.

    Dust of New York Konrad Bercovici
Word Origin and History for Ophelia

fem. proper name, from Greek opheleia "help, aid," from ophelein "to help, aid, assist," ophelos "advantage, help," from PIE root *obhel- "to avail" (cf. Armenian avelum).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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