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ˈeɪ ti, ˈɑ tiate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Ate(noun)

    goddess of criminal rashness and its punishment

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ate

    the preterit of Eat

  2. Ate(noun)

    the goddess of mischievous folly; also, in later poets, the goddess of vengeance

  3. Ate

    of Eat

  4. Origin: [Gr. .]


  1. Atë

    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

  1. Ate

    et, or āt, pa.t. of Eat.

  2. Ate

    ā′tē, n. (myth.) the goddess of mischief and of all rash actions and their results. [Gr.]

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British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'ate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3533

Anagrams for ate »

  1. a.e.t., eat, ETA, eta, TEA, tea

How to pronounce ate?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say ate in sign language?

  1. ate


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ate in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of ate in a Sentence

  1. Charles Kingsley:

    It's all in the day's work, as the huntsman said when the lion ate him.

  2. Kevin Howard:

    He was a colleague of hers from work, he ate dinner with us several times, we spent time together... I thought this was a friend.

  3. Ahmed Nasr:

    I was at a buffet and the staff encouraged me to try Russian food. I liked it. I did not even know what they ate in Russia, in Canada we have Chinese, Indian, Middle Eastern food, but I've never seen Russian. Maybe I will look for a Russian restaurant - hopefully I can find one!

  4. Eliyashiv Drori:

    People are very enthusiastic about drinking a wine that King David had on his table, or for the same matter, Jesus or any other biblical figure, they all grew here, they all lived here, and they all ate and drank wine here.

  5. Stewart Parnell:

    No one thought that the products were unsafe or could harm someone, dad brought them home to us. We all ate it.

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