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 (lā-ûr′tēz, -âr′-)
n. Greek Mythology
The father of Odysseus.
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(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth the father of Odysseus
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(leɪˈɜr tiz, -ˈɛər-)

1. the father of Odysseus in Greek legend.
2. the brother of Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet.
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Noun1.Laertes - (Greek mythology) the father of Odysseus
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Astute and ruthless, he could have rivalled in resource the unfortunate son of Laertes and Anticlea.
{6} Our fathers were friends before us, as old Laertes will tell you, if you will go and ask him.
Laertes had bought her with his own money when she was quite young; he gave the worth of twenty oxen for her, and shewed as much respect to her in his household as he did to his own wedded wife, but he did not take her to his bed for he feared his wife's resentment.
Wopsle through his struggle with Laertes on the brink of the orchestra and the grave, and slackened no more until he had tumbled the king off the kitchen-table, and had died by inches from the ankles upward.
"You can teach me, and then when we play HAMLET, you can be Laertes, and we'll make a fine thing of the fencing scene."
And Helen answered, "He is Ulysses, a man of great craft, son of Laertes. He was born in rugged Ithaca, and excels in all manner of stratagems and subtle cunning."
* Polonius/Ghost/Osric: Polonius, the Lord Chamberlain of Claudius's court, is a pompous, conniving old man and father of Laertes and Ophelia.
This DVD release from that production was filmed on June 30 and July 6, 2017, with a great cast that includes three British tenors: Allan Clayton in the title role, David Butt Philip as Laertes and Kim Begley as Polonius.
Polonius, King Claudius's senior adviser and the father of Ophelia and Laertes, gives his son some advice just before Laertes leaves for France.
(11) During a lull in Ophelia's mad scene, when she has ventured out of view for a few moments, Laertes bursts onto the stage to confront the royal family and demand his father's body.
In Hamlet, Polonius tells his son, Laertes, that he should: "Neither a borrower nor a lender be."