noun Classical Mythology.
Examples from the Web for sisyphus
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|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|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|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.
At present it is largely engaged in the futile task of Sisyphus.Moral Principles in Education|John Dewey
Thus it is that the ambitious continually roll before them the rock of Sisyphus!Wood Rangers|Mayne Reid
That night, for the first time, Tancred entered fully into the feelings of Tantalus and those of Sisyphus too.A Transient Guest|Edgar Saltus
No matter: the little I myself have seen gives me a high opinion of the domestic morals of the Sisyphus.Social Life in the Insect World|J. H. Fabre
To accomplish the task of Sisyphus, to crush an ant; to sweat all over with hate, and for nothing at all.The Man Who Laughs|Victor Hugo
King of Corinth, famed as "the craftiest of men," he was condemned in the afterlife to roll uphill a stone which perpetually rolls down again; Greek Sisyphos, a name of unknown origin. Liddell and Scott suggest a reduplication of syphos "the crafty" (with Aeolic -u- for -o-), but Klein calls this folk-etymology.
A king in classical mythology who offended Zeus and was punished in Hades by being forced to roll an enormous boulder to the top of a steep hill. Every time the boulder neared the top, it would roll back down, and Sisyphus would have to start over.