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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The son of Thyestes and lover of Clytemnestra. He helped Clytemnestra kill her husband Agamemnon upon Agamemnon's return from the Trojan War.

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  • noun (Greek mythology) the seducer of Clytemnestra and murderer of Agamemnon who usurped the throne of Mycenae until Agamemnon's son Orestes returned home and killed him

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Examples

  • -- The Chorus threaten vengeance and suggest the name ORESTES as avenger: At this Clytaemnestra starts, _Aegisthus_ enraged gives the signal at which {1626} _Bodyguard of Aegisthus pour in through both the Inferior doors on either side of the Central door of the Palace, and fill the stage [thus producing one of the Scenic Tableaux of which Aeschylus was fond].

    Story of Orestes A Condensation of the Trilogy

  • _Clytaemnestra_ (with a dim feeling of suspicion) assures him he shall want for nothing 'that is fitting', orders Orestes to be led one way, and the rest another, and goes to call Aegisthus 'and friends.'

    Story of Orestes A Condensation of the Trilogy

  • Set in the city of Argos a few years after the Trojan war, it is based around the character of Electra, and the vengeance that she and her brother Orestes take on their mother Clytemnestra and step father Aegisthus for the murder of their father, Agamemnon

    Capsule Summaries of the Great Books of the Western World

  • Furthermore, in the ten years of Agamemnon's absence, Clytemnestra has entered into an adulterous relationship with Aegisthus, Agamemnon's cousin and the scion of a dispossessed branch of the family, who is determined to regain the throne he believes should rightfully belong to him.

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  • Furthermore, in the ten years of Agamemnon's absence, Clytemnestra has entered into an adulterous relationship with Aegisthus, Agamemnon's cousin and the scion of a dispossessed branch of the family, who is determined to regain the throne he believes should rightfully belong to him.

    Capsule Summaries of the Great Books of the Western World

  • Despite her appreciation for her peasant husband, Electra resents being cast out of her house and her mother's loyalty to Aegisthus.

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  • Set in the city of Argos a few years after the Trojan war, it is based around the character of Electra, and the vengeance that she and her brother Orestes take on their mother Clytemnestra and step father Aegisthus for the murder of their father, Agamemnon

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • Choreographer Paul Taylor, however, who gained early prominence as a Graham dancer—performing such formidable roles as Aegisthus in her 1958 "Clytemnestra"—eventually made his own way, embracing giddiness as much as gravitas.

    Laughing in the Light and Dark

  • Despite her appreciation for her peasant husband, Electra resents being cast out of her house and her mother's loyalty to Aegisthus.

    Capsule Summaries of the Great Books of the Western World

  • Her realization that he still lives, and has indeed returned to kill their mother, reaches a peak of tragic drama equaled only by the discovery by her stepfather, Aegisthus, that the body wrapped in a bloody shroud, dragged out of the villa door at the end, is not (as he presumes) Orestes, but his own wife.

    The Venerable Brought to Vivid Life

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