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[aw-res-teez, oh-res‐] /ɔˈrɛs tiz, oʊˈrɛs‐/
Classical Mythology. the son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, and the brother of Electra and Iphigenia: he avenged the murder of Agamemnon by killing Clytemenestra and her lover, Aegisthus, then was pursued by the Furies until saved by Athena.
(italics) a tragedy (408 b.c.) by Euripides. Unabridged
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  • Orestes also killed his mother; and we do not judge Orestes as we judge Nero.

    Short Studies on Great Subjects James Anthony Froude
  • And the little Orestes will wail, not knowing what he doeth, seeing he is but a babe.

  • Then Orestes would know the manner of the death by which he must die.

  • It was an Orestes whom his sister Electra was raising in her arms on his bed of pain.

    The Gods are Athirst Anatole France
  • She is married,” said Orestes, “to this Pylades, whom thou seest.

  • Just then Orestes (Stockhausen) stood up and lifted his noble barytone.

    The Martian George Du Maurier
  • A case in point is Orestes pursued by the furies, as described by the poets.

  • Still, after the father's death, the son Orestes restores Family and State.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • After him he killed Menon, Iamenus, and Orestes, and laid them low one after the other.

    The Iliad Homer
  • “Nor, by my faith, could I,” exclaimed the first lieutenant of the Orestes.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for Orestes


(Greek myth) the son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, who killed his mother and her lover Aegisthus in revenge for their murder of his father
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Word Origin and History for Orestes

son of Agamemnon and Clytaemnestra, from Greek Orestes, literally "mountaineer," from oros "mountain" (see oread).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Orestes [(aw-res-teez)]

In classical mythology, the son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, and brother of Electra. Agamemnon was killed by Clytemnestra and her lover, Aegisthus. To avenge the murder, Orestes and Electra killed them both.

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