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Desdemoʹna (in Shakespeare’s Othello)

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Daughter of Brabantio. She fell in love with Othello, and eloped with him. Iago, acting on the jealous temper of the Moor, made him believe that his wife had an intrigue with Cassio, and in confirmation of this statement told the Moor that she had given Cassio a pocket-handkerchief, the fact being that Iago’s wife, to gratify her husband, had purloined it. Othello asked his bride for it, but she was unable to find it; whereupon the Moor murdered her and then stabbed himself.

“She … was ready to listen and weep, like Desdemona, at the stories of his dangers and campaigns.”—Thackeray.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Dependence
Depinges
Deputations
Depute
Derbend [iron]
Derby Stakes
Derive
Dernier Ressort (French)
Derrick
Derwentwater
Desdemona (in Shakespeare’s Othello)
Desmas
Despair
Dessert
Destruction
Destructives (The)
Desultory
Detest
Deucalion
Deuce
Dence-ace

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Desdemona