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Amphitryon

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Amphitryon am-fit′ri-on a host or entertainer.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Amphitryon in Molière's comedy, who gives a great dinner. Amphitryon in Gr. mythology was husband of Alcmene, who was deceived by Zeus in her husband's semblance, and so became the mother of Hercules.

Usage

In literature:

Taillefer, our amphitryon, has undertaken to surpass the circumscribed saturnalias of the petty modern Lucullus.
"The Magic Skin" by Honore de Balzac
His natural good spirits returned to him, and he gaily narrated to his Amphitryon his deplorable Odyssey.
"Samuel Brohl & Company" by Victor Cherbuliez
I was not mistaken, gentlemen, this word puts an end to all irresolution: the real Amphitryon is the Amphitryon who gives dinners.
"Amphitryon" by Moliere
A part of the Depit amoureux is constructed on this plan, as is also Amphitryon.
"Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic" by Henri Bergson
That old amphitryon's birthday hangs on till the meridian; you understand.
"Evan Harrington, Complete" by George Meredith
He had once played it to an English lady at the Amphitryon Club in London, and she had swooned in the arms of her husband's best friend.
"The World For Sale, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
In the hall they met Ibarra, their amphitryon of a few hours before, but no greetings were exchanged, only looks that said many things.
"The Social Cancer" by José Rizal
Next day Amphitryon returned, having slain Pterelas, and Alcmene was surprised to see him so soon again.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1" by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
At one time Jupiter assumed the form of Amphitryon and gave a banquet.
"Essays" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
For generations past, there has prevailed a great rivalry and emulation amongst the Amphitryons of Baltimore.
"Border and Bastille" by George A. Lawrence
Vavasour liked to be the Amphitryon of a cluster of personal enemies.
"Tancred" by Benjamin Disraeli
In this engagement Amphitryon, the kind friend and foster-father of Heracles, lost his life.
"Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome" by E.M. Berens
He was going along to the Amphitryon, to see a little friend of his.
"Command" by William McFee
True to his word, our Amphitryon revealed the real ingredients of the menu forty-eight hours after.
"An Englishman in Paris" by Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
There is a portrait which would do credit to our amphitryon.
"Garrick's Pupil" by Auguston Filon
After which, the next duty this Amphitryon was called upon to perform was the retying of his captive, and transporting him back to his cell.
"The Finger of Fate" by Mayne Reid
It went to the Opera with me, accompanied me to a supper at the Amphitryon Club afterwards, and returned with me again to my hotel.
"A Cabinet Secret" by Guy Boothby
The feast was worthy of Amphitryon.
"The Marquis of Peñalta (Marta y María)" by Armando Palacio Valdés
Let us, then, adore in our Amphitryon the incarnation of Force.
"Froth" by Armando Palacio Valdés
This took place five generations before Heracles the son of Amphitryon was born.
"The History of Antiquity, Vol. II (of VI)" by Max Duncker
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In poetry:

Jove made his leg, and kiss'd the dame;
Obsequious Hermes did the same.
Jove kiss'd the farmer's wife, you say!
He did — but in an honest way:
Oh! not with half that warmth and life
With which he kiss'd Amphitryon's wife. —
"The Ladle. A Tale" by Matthew Prior