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Electra

[ih-lek-truh]
noun
  1. Also Elektra. Classical Mythology. the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra who incited her brother Orestes to kill Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus.
  2. Astronomy. one of the six visible stars in the Pleiades.
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  • Here he got a bed, and here he ascertained that the Electra had not yet arrived.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • Electra flew upstairs to bring down a bottle of Florida water.

    Victor's Triumph

    Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

  • He was shown into the parlor, where she sat at work with Electra.

    Victor's Triumph

    Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

  • Electra dropped a little behind, and was attended by Victor Hartman.

    Victor's Triumph

    Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

  • "Yes, it was very nice of him to remember her," said Electra, musingly.

    Victor's Triumph

    Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth


British Dictionary definitions for electra

Electra

noun
  1. Greek myth the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra. She persuaded her brother Orestes to avenge their father by killing his murderess Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus
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Word Origin and History for electra

Electra

daughter of Agamemnon and Clytaemnestra, responsible for the murder of her mother, from Greek Elektra, literally "shining, bright," related to elektor "the beaming sun" and perhaps to elektron "amber." Especially in psychological Electra complex (1913) in reference to a daughter who feels attraction toward her father and hostility to her mother.

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electra in Culture

Electra

In classical mythology, a daughter of Agamemnon. To avenge his death, she helped her brother, Orestes, kill their mother and her lover.

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Note

The “Electra complex” in psychology involves a girl's or woman's unconscious sexual feelings for her father.
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