[ sof-uh-kleez ]
/ ˈsɒf əˌkliz /


495?–406? b.c., Greek dramatist.

Related formsSoph·o·cle·an [sof-uh-klee-uh n] /ˌsɒf əˈkli ən/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sophoclean


/ (ˈsɒfəˌkliːz) /


?496–406 bc, Greek dramatist; author of seven extant tragedies: Ajax, Antigone, Oedipus Rex, Trachiniae, Electra, Philoctetes, and Oedipus at Colonus
Derived FormsSophoclean (ˌsɒfəˈkliːən), adjective

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Word Origin and History for sophoclean


Athenian tragic poet (c.496-406 B.C.E.), the name is Greek Sophokles, literally "famed for wisdom," from sophos "wise" (see sophist) + *-kles "fame" (see Damocles). Related: Sophoclean.

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Culture definitions for sophoclean


[ (sof-uh-kleez) ]

An ancient Greek poet, author of Oedipus Rex and Antigone. He is counted, with Euripides and Aeschylus, among the great Greek authors of tragedies.

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