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[ak-tee-uh n]
noun Classical Mythology.
  1. a hunter who, for having seen Diana bathing, was changed by her into a stag and was torn to pieces by his own hounds.
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Examples from the Web for actaeon

Historical Examples

  • Philibert would yet undergo the fate of Actaeon, and be torn in pieces by his own dog.

    The Golden Dog

    William Kirby

  • Actaeon (Actae′on) was the son of Aristaeus, a famous huntsman.

  • Actaeon was a brute for wanting to push in where Diana was bathing.

    The History of Pendennis

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • What a hunt, Actaeon-like;—which Actaeon de Malseigne happily gains!

    The French Revolution

    Thomas Carlyle

  • Among them was Captain Bate, of the Actaeon, who was killed while about to mount a scaling ladder.

British Dictionary definitions for actaeon


  1. Greek myth a hunter of Boeotia who, having accidentally seen Artemis bathing, was turned into a stag and torn apart by his own hounds
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Word Origin and History for actaeon


in Greek mythology, the name of the hunter who discovered Artemis bathing and was changed by her to a stag and torn to death by his hounds. The name is of unknown origin. Sometimes used figuratively in 17c. for "a cuckold" (because of his "horns").

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