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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology The goddess of the hearth, daughter of Cronus and Rhea.

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  • proper n. The virgin goddess of the hearth, fire, and the household, and therefore a deity of domestic life.

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  • n. (Greek mythology) the goddess of the hearth and its fire in ancient mythology; identified with Roman Vesta

Etymologies

From the Greek ἑστία, meaning hearth, house, home, and family. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • While Hestia is attempting to return to Winterstrike, Essegui chases her sister who has escaped her confinement and is now on the run.

    Winterstrike by Liz Williams

  • Essegui Harn, cousin of Hestia, is the eldest daughter to a family, one with high ambitions and terrible secrets.

    Winterstrike by Liz Williams

  • What may we suppose him to have meant who gave the name Hestia?

    The CRATYLUS

  • The name Hestia embodies not the divinization of a concrete object, but the recognition of the divine person presiding over the object in question.

    Introduction to the History of Religions Handbooks on the History of Religions, Volume IV

  • In Rome, the day was dedicated to Vesta, also known as Hestia in Greece.

    Donna Henes: Celebrating the Solstice: Fiery Fetes of Summer

  • [Greek name Hestia] The Roman and Greek goddess of the hearth and home.

    Vesta

  • The so-called Hestia (Vesta) which formerly belonged to the

    A History of Greek Art

  • We must conclude, then, that every part and member of the earth carries its vestige of this principle of growth, an under-phase of that entire principle which belongs not to this or that member but to the earth as a whole: next in order is the nature [the soul-phase], concerned with sensation, this not interfused [like the vegetal principle] but in contact from above: then the higher soul and the Intellectual-Principle, constituting together the being known as Hestia [Earth-Mind] and Demeter [Earth-Soul] — a nomenclature indicating the human intuition of these truths, asserted in the attribution of a divine name and nature.

    The Six Enneads.

  • He heard Sirius walking down the hall, then the clattering of the chain on the front door, and then a deep voice he recognised as Kingsley Shacklebolt's saying, 'Hestia's just relieved me, so she's got Moody's Cloak now, thought I'd leave a report for Dumbledore ...'

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

  • _ See also the article "Hestia" in Roscher's _Ausführliches Lexikon der Griechischen und Römischen Mythologie_.

    The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria

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