A hunter. In Grecian mythology Actæon was a huntsman, who
surprised Diana bathing, was changed by her into a stag, and torn to
pieces by his own hounds. Hence, a man whose wife is unfaithful. (See Horns.)
“Go thou, like Sir Actæon, with Ringwood at thy heel.”
Merry Wives, ii. 1.
“Divulge Page himself for a secure and wilful Actæon.”
—Ibid. iii. 2.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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