Melpomene

[mel-pom-uh-nee]

Origin of Melpomene

< Latin Melpomenē < Greek Melpoménē special use of feminine of present participle of mélpesthai to sing
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Historical Examples of melpomene

  • To the silent Melpomene, who can express all things with her looks!

    Thais

    Anatole France

  • "Rodd, sir—of the Melpomene—and there's another inside—" I began.

    Merry-Garden and Other Stories

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • On the other hand, he could not divest himself of the idea that Melpomene was in love with him.

    Gryll Grange

    Thomas Love Peacock

  • To Thalia and Melpomene are given the realms of comic and tragic poetry.

  • It was a cheap shrine, but I tell you, now, Melpomene was right in it.

    Harvard Stories

    Waldron Kintzing Post


British Dictionary definitions for melpomene

Melpomene

noun
  1. Greek myth the Muse of tragedy
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Word Origin and History for melpomene

Melpomene

Muse of tragedy, from Latin, from Greek Melpomene, literally "songstress," from melpein "to sing," of unknown origin.

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