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or Hek·a·te

[hek-uh-tee; in Shakespeare hek-it]
noun Classical Mythology.
  1. a goddess of the earth and Hades, associated with sorcery, hounds, and crossroads.
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Origin of Hecate

< Latin < Greek hekátē, noun use of feminine of hékatos far-shooting, said of Apollo as sun-god
Related formsHec·a·te·an, Hec·a·tae·an, adjective
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Historical Examples of hecate

  • But Ceres shook her head, and hastened away, along with Hecate.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Hecate appears as a gigantic woman, bearing a torch and a sword.

  • Call her Hecate, and she will bear any disguise, however fanciful.

  • And I, by my power, tried by Hecate to draw him forth, but I could not.'


    Richard Short

  • Saronia had been powerless to help, and dared not question the vengeance of Hecate.


    Richard Short

British Dictionary definitions for hecate



  1. Greek myth a goddess of the underworld
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Word Origin and History for hecate


early 15c., Greek deity, daughter of Perseus and Asteria (said to be originally Thracian), later identified as an aspect of Artemis, fem. of hekatos "far-shooting." Associated since Shakespeare ("I Henry VI," III.ii.64) with witches and sorcery.

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