Definition of Oedipus

1. Noun. (Greek mythology) a tragic king of Thebes who unknowingly killed his father Laius and married his mother Jocasta; the subject of the drama 'Oedipus Rex' by Sophocles.

Exact synonyms: King Oedipus, Oedipus Rex
Category relationships: Greek Mythology
Generic synonyms: Mythical Being



Definition of Oedipus

1. Proper noun. (Greek mythology) A son of Laius and Jocasta, who unwittingly killed his father and married his mother. ¹

2. Proper noun. (alternative spelling of (Oedipus)) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Oedipus Rex
Oedipus complexes
Oedogoniaceae
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Literary usage of Oedipus

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1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1911)
"Thus oedipus grew up ignorant of his parentage, and, meeting Laïus in a ... The country was ravaged by a monster, the Sphinx; oedipus solved the riddle ..."

2. The Tragic Drama of the Greeks by Arthur Elam Haigh (1896)
"The existence of this feeling is proved by the whole course of the Oresteia; and it is no less prominent in Antigone's speech in the oedipus ..."

3. Bibliotheca Sacra and Theological Review (1861)
"oedipus is an object of felicitation and envy in the eyes of men. ... In the oedipus at Colo- nus, we shall see whether, like Job, he in the end receives ..."

4. Sketches of the History of Man: In Four Volumes by Henry Home Kames (1802)
"If, born at length Of his own child ; was oedipus to Hame, ... would own and pity oedipus. Again, in the fourth aft, the following prayer is put u;i for ..."

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