Hippolytus

[ hi-pol-i-tuh s ]
/ hɪˈpɒl ɪ təs /
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noun

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

/ (hɪˈpɒlɪtəs) /

noun

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

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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