- a centaur who, on attempting to seduce Deianira, the wife of Hercules, was shot by Hercules with a poisoned arrow. Before Nessus died, he gave to Deianira the poisoned tunic that ultimately caused Hercules' death.
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The words stuck to him like the shirt of Nessus, lacerating his very spirit.Dr. Wortle's School
But responsibilities which had been lightly assumed clung like the shirt of Nessus.The River War
Winston S. Churchill
He will never be able to tear off this Nessus' robe that eats into his vitals!Odette's Marriage
There also is the hill Taphiassus, on which is the monument of Nessus, and of the other Centaurs.
I do not see why my hand should perform the office of the tunic of Nessus.Isabella Orsini
Francesco Domenico Guerrazzi
- Greek myth a centaur that killed Hercules. A garment dipped in its blood fatally poisoned Hercules, who had been given it by Deianira who thought it was a love charm
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