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[ee-jis-thuh s]
noun Classical Mythology.
  1. a cousin of Agamemnon who seduced Clytemnestra, Agamemnon's wife, and was later killed by Orestes.
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Historical Examples

  • Aegisthus lifts the pall, and beholds the body of Clytemnestra!

    Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • 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.

  • Another Phocian prince, named Phanoteus, was a friend of Aegisthus.

  • He and Pylades will imitate a Phocian dialect and will seek out and slay Aegisthus.

British Dictionary definitions for aegisthus


  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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