a son of Aeolus and ruler of Corinth, noted for his trickery: he was punished in Tartarus by being compelled to roll a stone to the top of a slope, the stone always escaping him near the top and rolling down again.
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How to use Sisyphus in a sentence
Some computer scientists have suggested that the efforts might be better likened to those of Sisyphus, who labored without resolution.The 50-year-old problem that eludes theoretical computer science | Siobhan Roberts | October 27, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
The last line of The Myth of Sisyphus is, “One must imagine Sisyphus happy.”Joshua Ferris’s New Novel Chronicles an Existential Dentist in Despair | Tom LeClair | May 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But for a while we were like Sisyphus pushing that rock up the mountain.Interview: Kristen Bell, Voiceover Queen, On ‘Frozen,’ ‘Veronica Mars,’ & More | Andrew Romano | December 18, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Third, like Sisyphus, he could roll the boulder of a “grand bargain” back up Capitol Hill.To Be or Not To Be…A Loser: Boehner’s Hamlet Moment | Joe McLean | October 4, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
And a deal becomes possible only after all sides are exhausted—just like Sisyphus on the Hill.
In Sisyphus (1994), artist Luciano Fabro presents a marble cylinder on which he has etched a nude, caricature-like self-portrait.
Those splendid faculties were worn, as he would sometimes own himself, in rolling the stone of Sisyphus.The Life of Mazzini | Bolton King
Strong men have tried to lift that stone of Sisyphus, and to-day their bones whiten the cemeteries.More Tales by Polish Authors | Various
Beyond Sisyphus lies Tityus, a giant whose huge body covers nine acres of ground.Stories of Old Greece and Rome | Emilie Kip Baker
I feel like Sisyphus, forever rolling my stony burden uphill.Averil | Rosa Nouchette Carey
They would leave off repeating the fable of Sisyphus, and attain completion of endeavour.The Girl of the Period and Other Social Essays, Vol. I (of 2) | Eliza Lynn Linton
British Dictionary definitions for Sisyphus
Greek myth a king of Corinth, punished in Hades for his misdeeds by eternally having to roll a heavy stone up a hill: every time he approached the top, the stone escaped his grasp and rolled to the bottom
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Cultural definitions for Sisyphus
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