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Deianira

or De·ia·nei·ra

[dee-yuh-nahy-ruh]
noun Classical Mythology.
  1. a sister of Meleager and wife of Hercules, whom she killed unwittingly by giving him a shirt that had been dipped in the poisoned blood of Nessus.
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Historical Examples of deianeira

  • Compared with Medea or with Phædra, Deianeira is tame and lifeless.

    Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol I of 2)

    John Addington Symonds

  • Driven from Calydon for homicide, he goes with Deianeira to Trachis.

  • During the singing of a choral ode Deianeira has had time to reflect.

  • Hearing these tidings Deianeira leaves the scene without uttering a word.

  • So he journeyed to the banks of the Evenos, where he smote the centaur, Nessos, because he sought to lay hands on Deianeira.


British Dictionary definitions for deianeira

Deianira

noun
  1. Greek myth a sister of Meleager and wife of Hercules. She unintentionally killed Hercules by dipping his tunic in the poisonous blood of the Centaur Nessus, thinking it to be a love charm
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