[ ee-jis-thuhs ]

nounClassical Mythology.
  1. a cousin of Agamemnon who seduced Clytemnestra, Agamemnon's wife, and was later killed by Orestes.

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How to use Aegisthus in a sentence

  • And how came false Aegisthus to kill so far better a man than himself?

    The Odyssey | Homer
  • Just then, came the suit of Aegisthus,—then, when every feeling was uprooted or lacerated in her heart.

    Woman in the Nineteenth Century | Margaret Fuller Ossoli
  • The Aegisthus incident maintains the interest to the end in the masterly Sophoclean style of refined and searching irony.

    Authors of Greece | T. W. Lumb
  • They have stolen into the palace unobserved, and together they slay Aegisthus.

  • Aegisthus got this tutor out of the way and persuaded her to sin.

British Dictionary definitions for Aegisthus


/ (iːˈdʒɪsθəs) /

  1. Greek myth a cousin to and the murderer of Agamemnon, whose wife Clytemnestra he had seduced. He usurped the kingship of Mycenae until Orestes, Agamemnon's son, returned home and killed him

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