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[thee-see-uh s, -syoos] /ˈθi si əs, -syus/
noun, Classical Mythology.
an Attic hero, the husband of Phaedra, father of Hippolytus, and slayer of the Minotaur and the robber Procrustes.
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[thi-see-uh n] /θɪˈsi ən/ (Show IPA),
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  • She helped Geta to escape: they have both taken refuge in the Temple of Theseus.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • I cannot stop to tell you hardly any of the adventures that befell Theseus on the road to Athens.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • He made up his mind, therefore, to let Theseus drink off the poisoned wine.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Theseus asked of the master of the vessel, who was now at leisure to answer him.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • What had become of the jailer and the guards, Theseus never knew.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • But Theseus by this time had leaped up, and caught the monster off his guard.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • I have saved you, Theseus, as much for my father's sake as for your own.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The amatory exploits of Peirithous and Theseus are equally unworthy.

    The Republic Plato
British Dictionary definitions for Theseus


(Greek myth) a hero of Attica, noted for his many great deeds, among them the slaying of the Minotaur, the conquest of the Amazons, whose queen he married, and participation in the Calydonian hunt
Derived Forms
Thesean (θɪˈsiːən) adjective
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Word Origin and History for Theseus

legendary hero-king of Athens.

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Theseus in Culture
Theseus [(thee-see-uhs, thee-syoohs)]

In classical mythology, a hero of the city of Athens. He killed Procrustes and the Minotaur and made war on the Amazons, subsequently marrying their queen, Hippolyta.

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