Cly·​tem·​nes·​tra ˌklī-təm-ˈne-strə How to pronounce Clytemnestra (audio)
: the wife and murderess of Agamemnon

Examples of Clytemnestra in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like Flock, Motz is interested in the lore of female vengeance: Judith beheading Holofernes, Medea killing her sons to spite Jason, Clytemnestra stabbing Agamemnon in the bath. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 Near the end of the play, Clytemnestra hauls into view a black sheet with the bloodied bodies of Agamemnon and Cassandra. Teju Cole, New York Times, 12 Sep. 2023

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Word History


Latin, from Greek Klytaimnēstra

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Clytemnestra was in the 15th century

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“Clytemnestra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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