Me·​dea mə-ˈdē-ə How to pronounce Medea (audio)
: an enchantress noted in Greek mythology for helping Jason gain the Golden Fleece and for repeatedly resorting to murder to gain her ends

Examples of Medea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web January 12, 2020: Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale's Medea opens at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Byrne and Cannavale costarred as an estranged married couple in a limited run of Medea at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, according to Playbill. Emma Kershaw, Peoplemag, 16 May 2024 Photograph: Medea Giordano Both of these light therapy masks are FDA-cleared, and both companies offer only a 30-day return policy. Medea Giordano, WIRED, 3 May 2024 Emphasizing the urgent need for safe havens helped paint a dark portrait of a country in moral decline, where madwomen emerge from the attic and Medea crosses the border to the United States. Maria Laurino, The New Republic, 29 June 2023 The ancient ancestors of the Georgians even show up in Greek myth, as the Colchis of Medea. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 16 May 2011 Angela, for example, who was obese and bursting out of cowgirl clothes and screamed expletives at the sky like a rodeo Medea. Christian Wiman, Harper's Magazine, 14 Dec. 2022 In 2020, the two performed in Australian writer-director Simon Stone’s Medea play before it was shut down due to the pandemic. Liza Esquibias, Peoplemag, 24 May 2023 The higher register opened to her more of the great female protagonists of opera, among them Richard Strauss’s Salome, Bellini’s Norma, Puccini’s Tosca and Cherubini’s Medea — as well as Aida, Amneris’s Ethiopian rival. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 8 May 2023 Ron Faber, who appeared on Broadway in the 1970s alongside Henry Fonda in First Monday in October and with Irene Papas in Medea, died March 26 in New York after a two-month battle with lung cancer, a publicist announced. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Apr. 2023

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Word History


Latin, from Greek Mēdeia

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Medea was in the 14th century

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“Medea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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