Theseus

[thee-see-uh s, -syoos]
noun Classical Mythology.
  1. an Attic hero, the husband of Phaedra, father of Hippolytus, and slayer of the Minotaur and the robber Procrustes.
Related formsThe·se·an [thi-see-uh n] /θɪˈsi ən/, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of theseus

  • How did you map out what Eric and Jen would say and discover and where, with relation to the text of Ship of Theseus?

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    How I Write: Doug Dorst

    Noah Charney

    February 26, 2014

  • After that, I went off on my own to draft the rest of Ship of Theseus.

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    Noah Charney

    February 26, 2014

Historical Examples of theseus

  • She helped Geta to escape: they have both taken refuge in the Temple of Theseus.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • What had become of the jailer and the guards, Theseus never knew.

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • He made up his mind, therefore, to let Theseus drink off the poisoned wine.

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • But Theseus by this time had leaped up, and caught the monster off his guard.

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • I cannot stop to tell you hardly any of the adventures that befell Theseus on the road to Athens.

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne


British Dictionary definitions for theseus

Theseus

noun
  1. Greek myth a hero of Attica, noted for his many great deeds, among them the slaying of the Minotaur, the conquest of the Amazons, whose queen he married, and participation in the Calydonian hunt
Derived FormsThesean (θɪˈsiːən), adjective
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Word Origin and History for theseus

Theseus

legendary hero-king of Athens.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

theseus in Culture

Theseus

[(thee-see-uhs, thee-syoohs)]

In classical mythology, a hero of the city of Athens (see also Athens). He killed Procrustes and the Minotaur and made war on the Amazons, subsequently marrying their queen, Hippolyta.

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