Definition of Electra

1. Noun. (Greek mythology) the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra; persuaded her brother (Orestes) to avenge Agamemnon's death by helping her to kill Clytemnestra and her lover (Aegisthus).

Category relationships: Greek Mythology
Generic synonyms: Mythical Being

Definition of Electra

1. Proper noun. (Greek mythology) Any of several mythical women, including a daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, one of the Pleiades, and one of the daughters of Oceanus and Tethys. ¹

2. Proper noun. (star) One of the stars in the Pleiades star cluster. ¹

3. Proper noun. (qualifier rare) (Ancient Greek female given name). ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Electra

Eleanor Gwyn
Eleanor Gwynn
Eleanor Gwynne
Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor of Aquitaine
Election Day
Electoral Palatinate
Electra (current term)
Electron Channeling Pattern
Electrophorus electric
Eleocharis acicularis
Eleocharis dulcis
Eleocharis palustris
Eleonora Duse

Literary usage of Electra

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The London Magazine by John Scott, John Taylor (1823)
"Electra. And yet thou seest not half of what I suffer. Orestes. ... I would inform thee Electra. They are friendly ; trust them. If these were friendly. ..."

2. The Tragic Drama of the Greeks by Arthur Elam Haigh (1896)
"The Electra. The plot of the Electra has been described in a previous section, ... But the Electra is a tragedy complete in itself, and requires a ..."

3. Sophocles by Sophocles (1860)
"Electra, daughter of Agamemnon and ... ORESTES, brother of Electra. Py LADES, friend of Orestes. ..."

4. Catalogue of Seals and Whales in the British Museum by John Edward Gray (1871)
"Electra obtusa. BM Lagenorhynchus Electra, Gray, lcp 268 ; PZS 1866. p. 216 : Zool. E. fy T. t. ... Electra fusiformis. BM Electra fusiformis, Gray, Synops. ..."

5. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern by Charles Dudley Warner, Hamilton Wright Mabie, Lucia Isabella Gilbert Runkle, George H Warner (1902)
"And when my pity seeks her happiness, Electra scorns me still. ... And say, of whom was this Electra born ? And is it fitting thou shouldst so reproach me ? ..."

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