Thy·​es·​te·​an thī-ˈe-stē-ən How to pronounce Thyestean (audio)
: of or relating to the eating of human flesh : cannibal

Examples of Thyestean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, we’re treated to a literal Thyestean Feast—an event in Greek mythology where Thyestes, a king of Olympia, was served his own children’s flesh by his vengeful twin brother Atreus as revenge for adultery. Radhika Menon, ELLE, 30 Mar. 2023

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Word History


Thyestes, brother of Atreus who unwittingly ate the flesh of his children

First Known Use

1667, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Thyestean was in 1667

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“Thyestean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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