Thyestean
adjective Etymology: Thyestes, brother of Atreus who unwittingly ate the flesh of his children Date: 1667 of or relating to the eating of human flesh ; cannibal

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  • Thyestean — Thy·es·te·an (thī ĕsʹtē ən, thī ĭ stēʹən) adj. Involving the eating of human flesh; cannibalistic: a Thyestean feast.   [From Thyestes.] * * * …   Universalium

  • Thyestean —   a. pertaining to Thyestes, in Greek legend, whose sons were killed and served to him at a banquet by his brother.    ♦ Thyestean banquet, one at which human flesh is eaten …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • thyestean — thy·es·te·an …   English syllables

  • thyestean — (ˈ)thī|estēən adjective Usage: usually capitalized Etymology: Thyestes, ancient Greek legendary character who at a banquet unwittingly ate the flesh of his own sons (from Latin, from Greek Thyestēs) + English an : of or relating to the eating of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Thyestean banquet — or Thyestean feast [thī es′tē ən, thī es′tē ən, thī΄es tē′ən, thī΄es tē′ən] n. 〚in allusion to the Greek tale that after Thyestes seduced Atreus wife, Atreus murdered Thyestes sons and served them to him at a feast〛 a banquet at which human flesh …   Universalium

  • Thyestean banquet — or Thyestean feast [thī es′tē ən, thī es′tē ən, thī΄es tē′ən, thī΄es tē′ən] n. [in allusion to the Greek tale that after Thyestes seduced Atreus wife, Atreus murdered Thyestes sons and served them to him at a feast] a banquet at which human flesh …   English World dictionary

  • Thyestean meal — Thyestean banquet or Thyestean meal, a repast at which human flesh is served; cannibal feast …   Useful english dictionary

  • Thyestean banquet — or Thyestean meal, a repast at which human flesh is served; cannibal feast …   Useful english dictionary

  • Thyestes — Thyestean /thuy es tee euhn, thuy e stee euhn/, Thyestian, adj. /thuy es teez/, n. Class. Myth. the brother of Atreus who unknowingly ate the flesh of his own sons when served to him by Atreus. * * * …   Universalium

  • Thyestes — Thyestean /thuy es tee euhn, thuy e stee euhn/, Thyestian, adj. /thuy es teez/, n. Class. Myth. the brother of Atreus who unknowingly ate the flesh of his own sons when served to him by Atreus …   Useful english dictionary

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