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[yoo-rip-i-deez, yuh-] /yʊˈrɪp ɪˌdiz, yə-/
c480–406? b.c, Greek dramatist.
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Euripidean, adjective Unabridged
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  • The fact remains, however, that the extant plays of Euripides are of very unequal merit.

  • Polyxena, in Euripides's Hekuba, 360, bewails her anticipated lot as a slave.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Euripides has also been accused, by Aristophanes and by many less entertaining writers, of taking away all the dignity of tragedy.

  • The last two lines are from Euripides, "Hippolytus," 449, 450.

  • He had invited Euripides before and now renewed his invitation.

    Euripedes and His Age Gilbert Murray
  • Verily, then, tragedy is a wise thing and Euripides a great tragedian.

    The Republic Plato
  • Truly Sophocles said he painted men as they ought to be, Euripides as they were.

    Authors of Greece T. W. Lumb
  • And if you reply 'Yes,' there will be a case for Euripides; for our tongue will be unconvinced, but not our mind.

    Theaetetus Plato
  • By the new comedians, Menander and Philemon, Euripides was regarded as a divine miracle.

  • He always makes the most of his Story too: Euripides not often.

British Dictionary definitions for Euripides


?480–406 bc, Greek tragic dramatist. His plays, 18 of which are extant, include Alcestis, Medea, Hippolytus, Hecuba, Trojan Women, Electra, Iphigeneia in Tauris, Iphigeneia in Aulis, and Bacchae
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Euripides in Culture
Euripides [(yoo-rip-i-deez)]

An ancient Greek dramatist. He was the author of numerous tragedies, including the Bacchae, Medea, and The Trojan Women. He often used the device of deus ex machina (literally, “a god from the machine”) to resolve his plots.

Note: Today, a “deus ex machina” refers to any person or event that provides a sudden, unexpected solution to a problem or situation.
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