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[pith-ee-uh s] /ˈpɪθ i əs/


[pith-ee-uh] /ˈpɪθ i ə/
noun, Greek Mythology
the priestess of Apollo at Delphi who delivered the oracles.
Origin of Pythia
< Latin Pȳthia < Greek Pȳthía, feminine of Pȳthiós Pythian Unabridged
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  • At once it became evident that John Wilson was the second hunter of whom Pythias had run afoul, for he had been wounded before.

    Double Challenge James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • It occurs in this sense in Edwardes' Damon and Pythias, composed about 1564.

  • They could no more have accepted the challenge of this brave creature, than they could have smitten Damon at the side of Pythias.

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  • The friendship of Damon and Pythias was not more remarkable.

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  • Like Damon and Pythias, these two men were bound by the strongest ties.

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  • They've been thicker than Damon and Pythias for a long time.

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  • At the height of his powers, Pythias faced a certain decline.

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  • Pythias once, scoffing at Demosthenes, said that his arguments smelt of the lamp.

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  • After the death of Pythias he is said to have married his concubine, Herpyllis, who was the mother of his son Nicomachus.

  • Pythias had done nothing wrong, but he had angered Dionysius.

British Dictionary definitions for Pythias




(Greek myth) the priestess of Apollo at Delphi, who transmitted the oracles
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Word Origin and History for Pythias



"priestess of Apollo at Delphi," 1842, from Greek pythia (hiereia) "(Priestess) of Pythian Apollo, from a variant form of Pythios, an epithet of Apollo, from Pytho, older name of the region of Delphi (see python).

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