[hi-pol-i-tuh s]


Also Hip·pol·y·tos [hi-pol-i-tuh s, -tos] /hɪˈpɒl ɪ təs, -ˌtɒs/. Classical Mythology. the son of Theseus who was falsely accused by his stepmother, Phaedra, of raping her after he had rejected her advances and who was killed by Poseidon in response to the plea of Theseus.

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  • Hippolytus, one of the Early Fathers, alludes to this secret.

  • Presently he read to them, Murray's "Hippolytus" of Euripides.

    Saint's Progress

    John Galsworthy

  • The Greek was right, then—the words of the "Hippolytus" as true to-day!

    Five Tales

    John Galsworthy

  • The last two lines are from Euripides, "Hippolytus," 449, 450.

  • With them also came Virbius, son of Hippolytus, from Egeria.

    Stories from Virgil

    Alfred J. Church

British Dictionary definitions for hippolytus



Greek myth a son of Theseus, killed after his stepmother Phaedra falsely accused him of raping her
Derived FormsHippolytan, adjective
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Word Origin and History for hippolytus


masc. proper name, son of Theseus in Greek mythology, from Greek Hippolytos, literally "letting horses loose," from hippos "horse" (see equine) + stem of lyein (see lose).

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