Hecate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Hecate (Greek mythology) Greek goddess of fertility who later became associated with Persephone as goddess of the underworld and protector of witches
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Hecate In Greek myth, a goddess akin to Artemis, of Thracian origin, combining the attributions of Demeter or Ceres, Rhea, Cybele, Artemis or Diana, and Persephone or Proserpine, with whom, as a goddess of the infernal regions, she was to some extent identified, and in this character was represented as practising and teaching through her emissaries sorcery and witchcraft.
    • n Hecate The moon personified.
    • n Hecate [NL.] In zoology, a genus of Vermes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hecate hek′a-tē a mysterious goddess, in Hesiod having power over earth, heaven, and sea—afterwards identified with many other goddesses, her power above all displayed in the matter of ghosts and bogies.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. Hekatēhekas, far.

Usage

In literature:

At the grey dawning of the tenth day her elder daughter, Hecate, stood beside her.
"A Book of Myths" by Jean Lang
In the sacrifice of victims to Hecate in Virg.
"The Religious Experience of the Roman People" by W. Warde Fowler
The arrival of the "Hecate" relieved the "Vestal," which was ordered to proceed at once to sea.
"The Story of Nelson" by W.H.G. Kingston
Call her Hecate, and she will bear any disguise, however fanciful.
"Chips From A German Workshop - Volume I" by Friedrich Max Müller
According to some authors, Scylla was the daughter of Phorcys and Hecate; but as other writers say, of Typhon.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
All things thou canst, nor yet hath Hecate Set thee to rule Avernus' woods an empty Queen to be.
"The Æneids of Virgil" by Virgil
Hecate, whom he had evoked from the bottom of hell, fled away, and all the rest of the scene disappeared.
"The Phantom World" by Augustin Calmet
She was very old and as ugly as Hecate.
"Before and after Waterloo" by Edward Stanley
Hecate, of course, is only another name for Diana.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
Hecate was hideous, Hephaestos limped, but among the others not an imperfection remained.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
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In poetry:

The second begun: She said she had done
The task that Queen Hecate had set her,
And that the devil, the father of evil,
Had never accomplished a better.
"Gondoline" by Henry Kirke White
Prayerless from the sacred well,
From Castaly and Hippocrene,
He drank, and on the verge of hell
Slept, and forgot where he had been,
When he returned to common day,
Baptized by Hecate!
"Paracelsus" by William Bell Scott