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or De·ia·nei·ra

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

  • Aeneus, King of Aetolia, had a daughter whose name was Deianira.

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  • Fairest among the maidens of tolia was Deianira, daughter of Œneus, King of Calydon.

  • Nessus the Centaur, who lived in a cavern close by, offered to carry Deianira over on his back.

  • Deianira is struck with compassion for their lot, and with admiration of the noble bearing of one of them, Iole.

  • On hearing these news and the reproaches of her son, Deianira steals silently away, and destroys herself upon the bridal-bed.

British Dictionary definitions for deianira


  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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