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Alcestis

[al-ses-tis]
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noun
  1. Also Alkestis. Classical Mythology. the wife of Admetus who gave up her life in order that the Fates might save the life of Admetus and later was brought back from Hades by Hercules.
  2. (italics) a tragedy (438 b.c.) by Euripides.
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Examples from the Web for alcestis

Historical Examples

  • The funeral of a rich person was to them what the funeral of Alcestis or Ophelia is to the educated.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • Read some of the "Alcestis" (Euripides) before going to bed.

    Lost Diaries

    Maurice Baring

  • But fairest of the fair, as the moon among stars, was Alcestis.

    Children of the Dawn

    Elsie Finnimore Buckley

  • Then he told him of his love for Alcestis, and how he could never hope to win her.

    Children of the Dawn

    Elsie Finnimore Buckley

  • Yet straightway he came and stood beside Alcestis, and took her hand in his.

    Children of the Dawn

    Elsie Finnimore Buckley


British Dictionary definitions for alcestis

Alcestis

noun
  1. Greek myth the wife of king Admetus of Thessaly. To save his life, she died in his place, but was rescued from Hades by Hercules
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Word Origin and History for alcestis

Alcestis

wife of Admetus, she offered her life for her husband and was rescued from the Underworld by Herakles, from Greek Alkestis, literally "valiant, courageous," from alke "protection, help, strength, power."

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