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  1. Also Kirke. Also called Aeaea. Classical Mythology. the enchantress represented by Homer as turning the companions of Odysseus into swine by means of a magic drink.
  2. a dangerously or irresistibly fascinating woman.
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Related formsCir·ce·an, Cir·cae·an [ser-see-uh n] /sərˈsi ən/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for circe

Historical Examples

  • "It is all your own fault," goes on Circe, strong in argument.

    Molly Bawn

    Margaret Wolfe Hamilton

  • I do not know, but at least the one of this evening is a Circe—a something irresistible.

    The Queen's Necklace

    Alexandre Dumas pre

  • It belongs with peculiar propriety to Circe, as the daughter of the sun.

  • Circe is the lower mind-force, which cleaves to the transitory.

  • The whole circle halted, as though Circe had transfixed them.

British Dictionary definitions for circe


  1. Greek myth an enchantress who detained Odysseus on her island and turned his men into swine
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Derived FormsCircean (sɜːˈsɪən), adjective
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Word Origin and History for circe



enchantress of the isle of Aea who transformed into swine those who drank from her cup ("Odyssey"), late 14c., from Latin Circe, from Greek Kirke. Related: Circean.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

circe in Culture



In classical mythology, a powerful sorceress who turned people into swine. On the way home from Troy, the crew of Odysseus fell prey to her spells.

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