- 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.
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
May 6, 2014
But for a while we were like Sisyphus pushing that rock up the mountain.Interview: Kristen Bell, Voiceover Queen, On ‘Frozen,’ ‘Veronica Mars,’ & More
December 18, 2013
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
October 4, 2013
And a deal becomes possible only after all sides are exhausted—just like Sisyphus on the Hill.Debt Deal: The Tea Party Edition
July 31, 2011
In Sisyphus (1994), artist Luciano Fabro presents a marble cylinder on which he has etched a nude, caricature-like self-portrait.The New Italian Renaissance
December 10, 2009
August 23: Ordered the Sisyphus to Southampton for refitting.
Almost decided to outfit my personal yacht Sisyphus for that purpose.
Consulted the captain about a set of auxiliary sails for the Sisyphus.
Most of the Sisyphus' crew, including the captain, want to take their wives along.
The next two forms, Tantalus and Sisyphus, have also a kinship.Homer's Odyssey
Denton J. Snider
- 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
Word Origin and History for sisyphus
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.