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[pith-ee-uh s] /ˈpɪθ i əs/


[pith-ee-uh] /ˈpɪθ i ə/
noun, Greek Mythology.
the priestess of Apollo at Delphi who delivered the oracles.
Origin of Pythia
< Latin Pȳthia < Greek Pȳthía, feminine of Pȳthiós Pythian Unabridged
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  • At once it became evident that John Wilson was the second hunter of whom Pythias had run afoul, for he had been wounded before.

    Double Challenge James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • Pythias once, scoffing at Demosthenes, said that his arguments smelt of the lamp.

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • They could no more have accepted the challenge of this brave creature, than they could have smitten Damon at the side of Pythias.

    Stories of Animal Sagacity W.H.G. Kingston
  • Pythias had done nothing wrong, but he had angered Dionysius.

  • Like Damon and Pythias, these two men were bound by the strongest ties.

    Robert Toombs Pleasant A. Stovall
  • It occurs in this sense in Edwardes' Damon and Pythias, composed about 1564.

  • At the height of his powers, Pythias faced a certain decline.

    Double Challenge James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • The friendship of Damon and Pythias was not more remarkable.

    Socialism John Spargo
  • After the death of Pythias he is said to have married his concubine, Herpyllis, who was the mother of his son Nicomachus.

  • They've been thicker than Damon and Pythias for a long time.

    The Skylark of Space Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
British Dictionary definitions for Pythias




(Greek myth) the priestess of Apollo at Delphi, who transmitted the oracles
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Pythias



"priestess of Apollo at Delphi," 1842, from Greek pythia (hiereia) "(Priestess) of Pythian Apollo, from a variant form of Pythios, an epithet of Apollo, from Pytho, older name of the region of Delphi (see python).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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