Ae·​gis·​thus i-ˈjis-thəs How to pronounce Aegisthus (audio)
: a lover of Clytemnestra slain with her by her son Orestes

Examples of Aegisthus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Clytemnestra and Aegisthus had also murdered Agamemnon for reasons of lust and power. Teju Cole, New York Times, 12 Sep. 2023

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Word History


Latin, from Greek Aigisthos

First Known Use

1567, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Aegisthus was in 1567

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“Aegisthus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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