goddess of criminal rashness and its punishment
the preterit of Eat
the goddess of mischievous folly; also, in later poets, the goddess of vengeance
Origin: [Gr. .]
Atë, Até or Aite is the Greek goddess of mischief, delusion, ruin, and folly. Até also refers to the action performed by the hero, usually because of hubris, that often leads to his or her death or downfall. Her parents were Zeus and Hera. In Homer's Iliad she is called eldest daughter of Zeus with no mother mentioned. On Hera's instigation she used her influence over Zeus so that he swore an oath that on that day a mortal descended from him would be born who would be a great ruler. Hera immediately arranged to delay the birth of Heracles and to bring forth Eurystheus prematurely. In anger Zeus threw Atë down to earth forever, forbidding that she ever return to heaven or to Mt. Olympus. Atë then wandered about, treading on the heads of men rather than on the earth, wreaking havoc on mortals. The Litae follow after her but Atë is fast and far outruns them. The Bibliotheca claims that when thrown down by Zeus, Atë landed on a peak in Phrygia called by her name. There Ilus later, following a cow, founded the city of Ilion, known as Troy. This flourish is chronologically at odds with Homer's dating of Atë's fall. In Hesiod's Theogony the mother of Atë is Eris, with no father mentioned.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
et, or āt, pa.t. of Eat.
ā′tē, n. (myth.) the goddess of mischief and of all rash actions and their results. [Gr.]
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The numerical value of ATE in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of ATE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
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It's all in the day's work, as the huntsman said when the lion ate him.
Last night I dreamed I ate a ten-pound marshmallow, and when I woke up the pillow was gone.
I had never tasted yellow rice before that, we ate it with sambal (a spicy sauce) and it was delicious.
...probably the greatest concentration of talent and genius in this house except for perhaps those times when Thomas Jefferson ate alone.
Who never ate his bread in sorrow, Who never spent the darksome hours Weeping, and watching for the morrow,-- He knows ye not, ye gloomy Powers.
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