[ al-ses-tis ]

  1. Also Al·kes·tis [al-kes-tis] /ælˈkɛs tɪs/ .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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How to use Alcestis in a sentence

  • There is another version of the story of how Hercules brought Alcestis back from Hades.

  • So he prayed to Apollo to recall his gift, and to give him back his wife Alcestis.

  • Admetus, the husband of Alcestis, whose wife died to save his life.

    The Browning Cyclopdia | Edward Berdoe
  • Euripides has used these circumstances as the basis of his tragedy of Alcestis.

    The Browning Cyclopdia | Edward Berdoe
  • It was nearly the last letter before the Alcestis was heard of at Spithead.

    The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge

British Dictionary definitions for Alcestis


/ (ælˈsɛstɪs) /

  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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