[ sof-uh-kleez ]
/ ˈsɒf əˌkliz /


495?–406? b.c., Greek dramatist.

Related forms

Soph·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 sophocles


/ (ˈsɒfəˌkliːz) /


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

Derived Forms

Sophoclean (ˌsɒfəˈkliːən), adjective
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Culture definitions for sophocles


[ (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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