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n. Greek & Roman Mythology
One of the Furies.
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(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth one of the three Furies; the others are Megaera and Tisiphone
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(əˈlɛk toʊ)

one of the Furies.
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Noun1.Alecto - one of the three Furies
Erinyes, Eumenides, Fury - (classical mythology) the hideous snake-haired monsters (usually three in number) who pursued unpunished criminals
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She uses the queen, Amata, for this purpose and uses yet another female divinity, Allecto, as an instrument for arousing destructive passion in the breast of Amata.
With new cunning she (Allecto) observed the terrain where on the shore pretty Iulus was chasing wild beasts with charge and traps.
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(41) From Juno's invocation of Allecto to give Lavinia a dowry of Trojan and Italian blood (Aen.
She leads the way for Milton's Sin and Death, while recalling in her modus operandi the fury Allecto, sent by Juno to inflame both Amata and Turnus in the Aeneid 7.
Within the larger context of the poem, Fama bears an unmistakable resemblance to the fury Allecto, the Harpy Celano, and other female forces of discord.
(29) Furor, Mars, Allecto, Bellona, Enyo flock to Henry, and the English invasion is launched across the channel: Classica pulsa sonant, petit ardua sidera clamor Protinus, et volucrum fremitusque auditur equorum Volvuntur celeri pulvisque per aerhera cursu Atque globus, liquidusque tonat clamoribus aer.
In Book 7 of the Aeneid, the Fury Allecto assumes the form of Calybe, the elderly priestess of Juno.
Then she summons Allecto, 'steeped in Gorgonian venom' (l.