Medea

[mi-dee-uh]
noun
  1. Classical Mythology. a sorceress, daughter of Aeëtes and wife of Jason, whom she assisted in obtaining the Golden Fleece: when Jason deserted her, she killed their children.
  2. (italics) a tragedy (431 b.c.) by Euripides.
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  • In reply to this question, the wicked Medea put in her word.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Observing this, Medea looked round at the nephews, and smiled again.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • The cunning Medea observed what was passing in the young man's mind.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Gazing at Medea, he beheld a wonderful intelligence in her face.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • "Let them sleep in the bed of honor," said the Princess Medea, with a sly smile at Jason.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne


British Dictionary definitions for medea

Medea

noun
  1. Greek myth a princess of Colchis, who assisted Jason in obtaining the Golden Fleece from her father
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Word Origin and History for medea

Medea

famous sorceress, daughter of the king of Colchis, from Latin Medea, from Greek Medeia, literally "cunning," related to medos "counsel, plan, device, cunning," medein "to protect, rule over," from PIE root *med- "to measure, limit, consider" (see meditation).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

medea in Culture

Medea

[(mi-dee-uh)]

In classical mythology, a sorceress who fell in love with Jason and helped him obtain the Golden Fleece. When Jason abandoned her to marry another woman, she took revenge by brutally murdering his young bride as well as the children she had borne him.

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