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[am-fi-tree-uh n] /æmˈfɪ tri ən/
noun, Classical Mythology.
the husband of the virtuous Alcmene, whom Zeus seduced by assuming the form of Amphitryon, resulting in the birth of Hercules. Unabridged
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  • I say I am Sosia, Amphitryon's man; what reason have you to urge against it?

  • Vavasour liked to be the Amphitryon of a cluster of personal enemies.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • With a menu for the table, according to the price which the Amphitryon chooses to incur.

    The Fitz-Boodle Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Has not my master, Amphitryon, commanded me to come here to Alcmene his wife?

    Amphitryon Moliere
  • There is a portrait which would do credit to our Amphitryon.

    Garrick's Pupil Auguston Filon
  • What did Amphitryon obtain as his share of all the plunder taken from our enemies?

    Amphitryon Moliere
  • Host; it came to have this meaning from an incident in the story of Amphitryon, a character in Greek legend.

    Essays Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • We shall not suffer this strange combat of Amphitryon against himself.

    Amphitryon Moliere
  • Upon the whole matter, if Amphitryon takes the favour of Jupiter in patience, as from a god, he's a good heathen.

  • (In a cloud,) Behold, Amphitryon, who has imposed on you; under his own aspect you see Jupiter.

    Amphitryon Moliere
British Dictionary definitions for Amphitryon


(Greek myth) the grandson of Perseus and husband of Alcmene
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