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Sis·y·phus

 (sĭs′ə-fəs)
n. Greek Mythology
A cruel king of Corinth condemned forever to roll a huge stone up a hill in Hades only to have it roll down again on nearing the top.

[Latin Sisyphus, from Greek Sisuphos.]

Sisyphus

(ˈsɪsɪfəs)
n
(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a king of Corinth, punished in Hades for his misdeeds by eternally having to roll a heavy stone up a hill: every time he approached the top, the stone escaped his grasp and rolled to the bottom

Sis•y•phus

(ˈsɪs ə fəs)

n.
a legendary ruler of Corinth punished in Tartarus by being compelled to roll to the top of a slope a stone that always escapes him and rolls back down again.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Sisyphus - (Greek legend) a king in ancient Greece who offended Zeus and whose punishment was to roll a huge boulder to the top of a steep hillSisyphus - (Greek legend) a king in ancient Greece who offended Zeus and whose punishment was to roll a huge boulder to the top of a steep hill; each time the boulder neared the top it rolled back down and Sisyphus was forced to start again
legend, fable - a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events
Ellas, Greece, Hellenic Republic - a republic in southeastern Europe on the southern part of the Balkan peninsula; known for grapes and olives and olive oil
Translations

Sisyphus

[ˈsɪsɪfəs] NSísifo

Sisyphus

nSisyphus m

Sisyphus

[ˈsɪsɪfəs] n (Myth) → Sisifo
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