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[al-uh-thee-uh] /ˌæl əˈθi ə/
a female given name: from a Greek word meaning “truth.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The next moment Alethea stood before her, with outstretched arms.

    Scenes and Characters Charlotte M. Yonge
  • The Alethea was within the wide jaws of the Western Scheldt.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • His face was flushed, and Alethea Craig always declared that he looked "just plain everyday cross."

  • It was this which decided Alethea that the boy was worth taking pains with.

    The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
  • It was, however, the extraction of Alethea that determined the presumptuousness of her young man's aspirations.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
  • Alethea was more serious, naturally, than he had ever seen her before.

    John Deane of Nottingham W.H.G. Kingston
  • “Mistress Alethea will surely find a welcome and shelter in the house of my father,” answered Jack.

    John Deane of Nottingham W.H.G. Kingston
  • In the first he recognised his brother Jasper, and in the lady, the fair Alethea.

    John Deane of Nottingham W.H.G. Kingston
  • The inconvenience and disappointment which he had gone through, seemed as nothing when he contemplated again seeing Alethea.

    John Deane of Nottingham W.H.G. Kingston
  • I have it from Alethea, and like it, because I had made it before.

Word Origin and History for Alethea

fem. proper name, from Greek aletheia "truth, truthfulness," from alethes "true," literally "not concealing," from privative prefix a- "not" (see a- (3)) + lethe "forgetfulness, oblivion" (see latent).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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