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Electra

[ih-lek-truh] /ɪˈlɛk trə/
noun
1.
Also, Elektra. Classical Mythology. the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra who incited her brother Orestes to kill Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus.
2.
Astronomy. one of the six visible stars in the Pleiades.
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  • Electra, the sister of Orestes, saved her brother's life by sending him secretly to his uncle Strophius, king of Phocis.

  • Electra dropped a little behind, and was attended by Victor Hartman.

    Victor's Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • Then the letters kept coming, and clubs and things kept hounding me, and Electra was always at me.

    Rose MacLeod Alice Brown
  • "Yes, it was very nice of him to remember her," said Electra, musingly.

    Victor's Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • Electra was not forgotten; she advised her to go to a cousin of her mother, residing in Virginia.

    Macaria Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
  • "He will take it very kindly; for he also will ask you to come," said Electra.

    Victor's Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • You mark my words, Electra, assure as you sit there, you've trained so hard that there's got to be a reaction.

    Rose MacLeod Alice Brown
  • Emma, as Electra had said, looked beautiful as a woman and elegant as a bride.

    Victor's Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • He seated himself, for Electra was now decorously smiling in a chair that became her.

    Rose MacLeod Alice Brown
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Electra

/ɪˈlɛktrə/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra. She persuaded her brother Orestes to avenge their father by killing his murderess Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus
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Word Origin and History for Electra

daughter of Agamemnon and Clytaemnestra, responsible for the murder of her mother, from Greek Elektra, literally "shining, bright," related to elektor "the beaming sun" and perhaps to elektron "amber." Especially in psychological Electra complex (1913) in reference to a daughter who feels attraction toward her father and hostility to her mother.

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In classical mythology, a daughter of Agamemnon. To avenge his death, she helped her brother, Orestes, kill their mother and her lover.

Note: The “Electra complex” in psychology involves a girl's or woman's unconscious sexual feelings for her father.
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