Aspasia

[a-spey-shuh, -zhuh]
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noun

c470–410 b.c., Athenian courtesan, mistress of Pericles.

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Examples from the Web for aspasia

Historical Examples of aspasia

  • "I crave pardon," interrupted Aspasia, with haughty impatience.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • Aspasia said wisely, that the spirit of beauty flows in, only where the proportions are harmonious.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • "Then I must insist that you appoint your successor," said Aspasia.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • Aspasia sank on the couch, and bowed her head upon her hands.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • As Philothea turned towards her companion, she met Aspasia's earnest gaze.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child


British Dictionary definitions for aspasia

Aspasia

noun

5th century bc, Greek courtesan; mistress of Pericles
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Word Origin and History for aspasia

Aspasia

beautiful and capable Milesian consort of Pericles, proper name from fem. of Greek aspasios "welcome," related to aspazesthai "to welcome," of uncertain origin.

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