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(ˌdɛz dəˈmoʊ nə)

(in Shakespeare's Othello, 1604) Othello's wife, murdered by him out of jealousy.


[ˌdezdɪˈməʊnə] NDesdémona
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For this reason Shakespear hath artfully introduced his Desdemona soliciting favours for Cassio of her husband, as the means of inflaming, not only his jealousy, but his rage, to the highest pitch of madness; and we find the unfortunate Moor less able to command his passion on this occasion, than even when he beheld his valued present to his wife in the hands of his supposed rival.
Nevertheless, while Sir James said to himself that he had completely resigned her, since with the perversity of a Desdemona she had not affected a proposed match that was clearly suitable and according to nature; he could not yet be quite passive under the idea of her engagement to Mr.
Who the lady was who first trod the stage as a professional actress is not known, but her part was Desdemona.
I sympathize with poor Desdemona when she had such a stream poured in her ear, even by a black man.
And there is something in this room which reminds me forcibly of the chamber of the Marquise de Ganges* or Desdemona.
I expect that Shakespeare devised Iago with a gusto which he never knew when, weaving moonbeams with his fancy, he imagined Desdemona.
The house-maids had had a peep at him that morning, and had wished--like Desdemona, with a difference--that "Heaven had made all three of them such a man.
She was never tired of inquiring, if Sorrow had his young days faded, and was ready to listen and weep like Desdemona at the stories of his dangers and his campaigns.
On a diminished scale, I had awakened in his bosom some such uneasy distrust as the pocket-handkerchief of Desdemona is known to have aroused in that of the Moor.
Hence, Desdemona looked for a happy marriage yet it ends in murder, foolish Roderigo (spiked on a rapier thrust between the slats of a lonely sauna in the Orson Wells movie of the play) dies as he lusts after Desdemona, Othello commits suicide and Iago, the play's most extraordinary enigma, faces the torture chamber then extinction.
Cressida and Desdemona are orbiting Uranus only about 550 miles away from one another, and the former moon's gravity is tugging on the latter and slowly pulling them closer and closer together.
After defeating the mad Maestro, and saving her dream of dancing, Desdemona is once again presented with a challenge.