Ate [ey-tee, ah-tee] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. an ancient Greek goddess personifying the fatal blindness or recklessness that produces crime and the divine punishment that follows it.

Origin of Ate Greek, special use of átē reckless impulse, ruin, akin to aáein to mislead, harm Examples from the Web for ates Historical Examples of ates

  • The Gardener: “‘Cause I ‘ates the sight of the blooming thing.”

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  • Which she will be some day, said cook; and I ates to think of it.

    A Very Naughty Girl

    L. T. Meade

  • Can’t you wait till he ates a thrifle o’ some-thin’ stout, to keep life in him, afther his hard journey?

    The Poor Scholar

    William Carleton

  • We don’t work for it; it’s the bread of shame and idleness: and yet it’s Owen M’Carthy that ates it!

    Phelim O’toole’s Courtship and Other Stories

    William Carleton

  • “I ‘ates them as gives themselves airs in other people’s ‘ouses,” had been Sims’ verdict on the nurse.

    I Walked in Arden

    Jack Crawford

  • British Dictionary definitions for ates ate verb

    1. the past tense of eat

    Ate noun

    1. Greek myth a goddess who makes men blind so that they will blunder into guilty acts

    Word Origin for Ate C16: via Latin from Greek atē a rash impulse Word Origin and History for ates ate

    past tense of eat (q.v.).


    Greek goddess of infatuation and evil, from ate “infatuation, bane, ruin, mischief,” of uncertain origin.

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