noun Classical Mythology.
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Example sentences 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
British Dictionary definitions for sisyphus
Cultural definitions for sisyphus
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.