American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- 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.
- n. tragic figure in Greek mythology doomed eternally to roll a boulder up a hill in Tartarus, a part of Hades.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Class. Myth.) A king of Corinth, son of Æolus, famed for his cunning. He was killed by Theseus, and in the lower world was condemned by Pluto to roll to the top of a hill a huge stone, which constantly rolled back again, making his task incessant.
- n. (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
- From Ancient Greek Σίσυφος. (Wiktionary)
- Latin Sisyphus, from Greek Sisuphos. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I just want to point out that Sisyphus is not a patient with a mental health problem.”
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“Or is he doomed to a life of eternal resistance carrying forever on like Sisyphus?”
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