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noun Classical Mythology.
  1. a son of Oedipus and the brother of Polynices, by whom he was slain.Compare Seven against Thebes(def 1).
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Historical Examples

  • Polynikes was in the wrong, and was forced to leave Thebes, while Eteocles remained.

    Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)

    Charles Morris

  • And Eteocles and Polyneices,4 were they not children of the same mother and the same father?

  • She sends for Eteocles in the hope of reconciling her two sons.

  • Were not Eteocles and Polynices born of the same mother and of the same father?

  • Eteocles refused, however, to relinquish the throne; and with the help of the soldiers, drove Polynices out of the city.

British Dictionary definitions for eteocles


  1. Greek myth a son of Oedipus and Jocasta. He expelled his brother Polynices from Thebes; they killed each other in single combat when Polynices returned as leader of the Seven against Thebes
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