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[oh-feel-yuh] /oʊˈfil yə/
a female given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • According to this view, Hamlet's love for Ophelia never changed.

    Shakespearean Tragedy A. C. Bradley
  • Poor Ophelia could scarce have been sadder than we feel, Douw, at your going.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • However, after teasing his cousin a little more, he wrote out the paper, and Topsy belonged to Miss Ophelia.

  • What Ophelia said was: 'There's rosemary, that's for remembrance.

    Storyology Benjamin Taylor
  • Ophelia was to be mated to a pure Dane owned by a captain, who promised to bring "Prince" on his next trip from Europe.

    Dust of New York Konrad Bercovici
Word Origin and History for Ophelia

fem. proper name, from Greek opheleia "help, aid," from ophelein "to help, aid, assist," ophelos "advantage, help," from PIE root *obhel- "to avail" (cf. Armenian avelum).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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