alastor

[uh-las-ter, ‐tawr]

Origin of alastor

1600–10; from Greek alástōr “avenging deity,” from álastos “unforgotten, unforgiven”
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Word Origin and History for alastor

Alastor

in Greek tradition, son of Neleus, brother of Nestor, slain by Herakles. The name is perhaps literally "not to forget," from privative prefix a- "not" + root of lathein "to forget" (see Lethe), hence its use figuratively in sense of "an avenging spirit." Or else it might be connected with alaomai "to wander, roam," figuratively "to be distraught."

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