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[if-i-juh-nahy-uh, -nee-uh]
  1. Classical Mythology. the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra and sister of Orestes and Electra: when she was about to be sacrificed to ensure a wind to take the Greek ships to Troy, she was saved by Artemis, whose priestess she became.
  2. a female given name.
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Historical Examples of iphigenia

  • She guided him deftly back to music, to the opera, to the night of Iphigenia.

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • After this Iphigenia came forth, holding a tablet in her hand.

  • You remember the story of Cymon and Iphigenia as Dryden tells it.

    Over the Teacups

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • But what Cimon would not be refined by so fair an Iphigenia?

    My Novel, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Thus, a hind was substituted for Iphigenia, and a ram for Isaac.

British Dictionary definitions for iphigenia


  1. Greek myth the daughter of Agamemnon, taken by him to be sacrificed to Artemis, who saved her life and made her a priestess
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iphigenia in Culture



In classical mythology, the eldest daughter of Agamemnon and the sister of Electra and Orestes. When the Greek fleet was about to sail to fight in the Trojan War (see also Trojan War), Agamemnon sacrificed Iphigenia to the goddess Artemis to obtain favorable winds. According to some stories, Artemis saved Iphigenia from the sacrifice, and she was later reunited with Orestes.

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