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n. Greek Mythology
A goddess who turned Odysseus's men temporarily into swine but later gave him directions for their journey home.

Cir′ce·an (sûr′sē-ən, sər-sē′ən) adj.


(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth an enchantress who detained Odysseus on her island and turned his men into swine
Circean adj


(ˈsɜr si)

an enchantress of Greek myth who turned Odysseus' companions into swine.
Cir•ce•an (sərˈsi ən) adj.
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Noun1.Circe - (Greek mythology) a sorceress who detained Odysseus on her island and turned his men into swineCirce - (Greek mythology) a sorceress who detained Odysseus on her island and turned his men into swine
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
sorceress - a woman sorcerer


[ˈsɜːsɪ] nCirce f
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The wicked enchantress (whose name is Circe, the sister of King Aetes) dwells in the marble palace which you see yonder among the trees.
If Circe had never done anything worse, I really should not think her so very much to blame.
Out of the high heaven is she summoned, from mystic communion with her own perfection, from majestic labours in the Sistine Chapel of the Stars,--yea, she must put aside her gold-leaf and purples and leave unfinished the very panels of the throne of God,--that Circe shall have her palace, and her worshippers their gilded sty.
Finally, they settled upon a Circe less besieged of the hoarse and grunting mob.
It told of the adventures of Odysseus in Thesprotis after the killing of the Suitors, of his return to Ithaca, and his death at the hands of Telegonis, his son by Circe.
You are to play the Circe up to date, and I am to be beguiled.
For my own part, I must confess, so compassionate is my temper, I wish Polypheme had confined himself to his milk diet, and preserved his eye; nor could Ulysses be much more concerned than myself, when his companions were turned into swine by Circe, who showed, I think, afterwards, too much regard for man's flesh to be supposed capable of converting it into bacon.
Now both Circe and Psyche peeped from her brightened eyes.
D'Artagnan was again in the presence of the Circe who had before surrounded him with her enchantments.
When Ulysses heard this he put the lid on the chest and made it fast with a bond that Circe had taught him.
He felt a loathing for them such as Circe must have felt for her swine.
Wolf Larsen it was, always Wolf Larsen, enslaver and tormentor of men, a male Circe and these his swine, suffering brutes that grovelled before him and revolted only in drunkenness and in secrecy.