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[tahr-pee-uh] /tɑrˈpi ə/
noun, Classical Mythology.
a vestal virgin who betrayed Rome to the Sabines and was crushed under their shields when she claimed a reward. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Everything took place as arranged, except that the misguided Tarpeia received much more than she had bargained for.

    Roman Women Alfred Brittain
  • And at last Tarpeia made a bargain, to betray her city to them.

  • The Tarpeian Rock received its name from the ancient story of Tarpeia.

  • Tarpeia buried under the shields and bracelets wasn't in it with us!

    The Brightener C. N. Williamson
  • His praise had always been like the warriors' shields clanging over poor Tarpeia,—precious, but too crushing.

    Rose MacLeod Alice Brown
  • Shall we be buried under them like Tarpeia under the Sabine shields?

    On Books and the Housing of Them William Ewart Gladstone
  • I read about that rock, and about Tarpeia, in a history in America, and I want to see how the rock looks.

    Rollo in Rome Jacob Abbott
  • Coming from the mouth of the perjured Tarpeia they were of course winged with point unmistakable.

  • There was once a girl named Tarpeia, whose father was guard of the outer gate of the citadel of Rome.

  • Imagine the man smothered under stacks of perfumed notes, as Tarpeia was under the shields and bracelets!

    Set in Silver Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for Tarpeia


(in Roman legend) a vestal virgin, who betrayed Rome to the Sabines and was killed by them when she requested a reward
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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