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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.

Other words from Circe

  • Cir·ce·an, Cir·cae·an [ser-see-uhn], /sərˈsi ən/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for Circe


/ (ˈsɜːsɪ) /

  1. Greek myth an enchantress who detained Odysseus on her island and turned his men into swine

Derived forms of Circe

  • Circean (sɜːˈsɪən), adjective

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Cultural definitions for Circe


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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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