Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The satellite of Uranus that is second in distance from the planet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A female given name.
  • proper n. A moon of Uranus, named after the character in Hamlet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The typical genus of the family Opheliidæ.

Etymologies

After Ophelia, daughter of Polonius in Hamlet by William Shakespeare.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian Ofelia, coined by the poet Jacopo Sannazzaro in his poem Arcadia (1504), presumably from Ancient Greek ὄφελος (óphelos, "help"). Used by Shakespeare for the ill-fated bride of Hamlet. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • J.ff J. Mitchell/Getty Images OPHELIA DROWNING: Helen Morton, of the Three Bugs Fringe Theatre company, performed Ophelia drowning in the Apex Hotel swimming pool during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Tuesday.

    Today’s Photos: Aug. 11

  • The name Ophelia comes from the Greek and means "help" or "succor."

    Merced Sun-Star: front

  • I'm looking for that good old boy they calls Ophelia's Darling.

    Eddie's Story

  • Mary Pipher's best selling novel Reviving Ophelia is now a Lifetime movie.

    Jackie K. Cooper: Reviving Ophelia Tackles the Issue of Physical Abuse In Teenage Relationships

  • At the same time, one can never quite "lose" oneself in Ophelia's narrative.

    Experimental Fiction

  • Ophelia is an orphan girl who grows up under the guidance of her aunt in a forest cottage on the

    Ildiko Csengei

  • Unlike her aunt, who uses all her powers of persuasion to entreat the disguised man to let go of her niece, Ophelia is so paralyzed by the first overwhelming emotions of her life — terror, fear and grief — that she "had not Power to speak," and became "almost senseless"

    Ildiko Csengei

  • Overwhelmed with the novelty of new emotions, not having yet learnt to balance the affective and the symbolic, Ophelia is paralyzed — literally immobilized by her illness, which thus constitutes both the means and the limit of her protest.

    Ildiko Csengei

  • While The History of Ophelia is generally considered to be Sarah Fielding's most conventional novel, some of her critics have pointed out its subversive, feminist intentions masked in a linear, seemingly less experimental form.

    Notes

  • It has weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm, thank goodness, but Ophelia is now coming right through here.

    The Blame Game

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