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noun Classical Mythology.
  1. the brother of Atreus who unknowingly ate the flesh of his own sons when served to him by Atreus.
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Related formsThy·es·te·an [thahy-es-tee-uh n, thahy-e-stee-uh n] /θaɪˈɛs ti ən, ˌθaɪ ɛˈsti ən/, Thy·es·ti·an, adjective
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Examples from the Web for thyestes

Historical Examples

  • You have heard what happened in the quarrel of Atreus and Thyestes?



  • The tragical distractions of Tereus and Thyestes are nonsense to us.

  • Crowne too was a poet, as is evident from Thyestes, in spite of repulsiveness and rant.

    Thomas Otway

    Thomas Otway

  • His wife Arope was seduced by Thyestes, who was driven from Mycenae.

  • The "Thyestes" of Varius was regarded in its day as equal to Greek tragedies.

British Dictionary definitions for thyestes


  1. Greek myth son of Pelops and brother of Atreus, with whose wife he committed adultery. In revenge, Atreus killed Thyestes' sons and served them to their father at a banquet
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Derived FormsThyestean or Thyestian (θaɪˈɛstɪən, ˌθaɪɛˈstiːən), adjective
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