Definition of Persephone

1. Noun. (Greek mythology) daughter of Zeus and Demeter; made queen of the underworld by Pluto in ancient mythology; identified with Roman Proserpina.

Exact synonyms: Cora, Despoina, Kore
Category relationships: Greek Mythology
Generic synonyms: Greek Deity

Definition of Persephone

1. Proper noun. (Greek god) Daughter of Zeus and Demeter, wife of Hades. After being abducted by Hades, she lives in the Underworld for six months and with Demeter for the rest of the year. ¹

2. Proper noun. (rare) (Ancient Greek female given name). ¹

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Literary usage of Persephone

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1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"According to the later story Persephone was once dancing in the choir of nymphs led by Athena and Artemis in a grassy meadow. Leaving the dancers she went ..."

2. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1876)
"When it is said that no bird gave Demeter tidings of Persephone, we feel that to that ... Persephone springing up with great joy from the couch of Aidoneus, ..."

3. The Golden Fleece and the Heroes who Lived Before Achilles by Padraic Colum (1921)
"Demeter's heart shook when she heard that cry, for she knew that it came to her from her daughter, from her only child, young Persephone. ..."

4. Greek and Roman [mythology] by William Sherwood Fox (1916)
"It will be easier to understand the mystic meaning of the bond between Demeter and Persephone when we have reviewed in its entirety the legend which ..."

5. Werner's Readings and Recitations (1892)
"Persephone. JEAN INGELOW. SHE stepped upon Sicilian grass, ... The daffodils were fair to see, They nodded lightly on the lea, PersephonePersephone! ..."

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