or Hek·a·te

[hek-uh-tee; in Shakespeare hek-it]

noun Classical Mythology.

a goddess of the earth and Hades, associated with sorcery, hounds, and crossroads.

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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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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