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Ate

[ey-tee, ah-tee]
noun
  1. an ancient Greek goddess personifying the fatal blindness or recklessness that produces crime and the divine punishment that follows it.
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Origin of Ate

< Greek, special use of átē reckless impulse, ruin, akin to aáein to mislead, harm
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Historical Examples of ates

  • The Gardener: "'Cause I 'ates the sight of the blooming thing."

    Jokes For All Occasions

    Anonymous

  • Which she will be some day, said cook; and I ates to think of it.

  • Can't you wait till he ates a thrifle o' some-thin' stout, to keep life in him, afther his hard journey?

    The Poor Scholar

    William Carleton

  • We don't work for it; it's the bread of shame and idleness: and yet it's Owen M'Carthy that ates it!

  • "I 'ates them as gives themselves airs in other people's 'ouses," had been Sims' verdict on the nurse.

    I Walked in Arden

    Jack Crawford


British Dictionary definitions for ates

ate

verb
  1. the past tense of eat
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Ate

noun
  1. Greek myth a goddess who makes men blind so that they will blunder into guilty acts
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Word Origin for Ate

C16: via Latin from Greek atē a rash impulse
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Word Origin and History for ates

ate

past tense of eat (q.v.).

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Ate

Greek goddess of infatuation and evil, from ate "infatuation, bane, ruin, mischief," of uncertain origin.

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