from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology A son of Laius and Jocasta, who was abandoned at birth and unwittingly killed his father and then married his mother.

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  • proper n. A son of Laius and Jocasta, who unwittingly killed his father and married his mother.

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  • n. (Greek mythology) a tragic king of Thebes who unknowingly killed his father Laius and married his mother Jocasta; the subject of the drama `Oedipus Rex' by Sophocles


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin, from Greek Oidipous : oidein, to swell + pous, foot; see octopus.


  • In confequence of this he expofed Oedipus as foon as he was born: and Oedipus* as foon as he arrived at manhpod | flew his father* and married his mo - ther.

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  • The second shepherd carries the baby with him to Corinth, where Oedipus is taken in and raised in the court of the childless King Polybus of Corinth as if he were his own.

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  • It then occurred to me he starred in Oedipus for Kids at NYMF 2006 which he was very good in.

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  • Prose herself uncovered this secret as a high school junior when an English teacher assigned her to write an essay on symbolism in Oedipus Rex and King Lear.

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  • When I was a high school junior, our English teacher assigned a term paper on the theme of blindness in Oedipus Rex and King Lear.

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  • As in Oedipus at the brink of discovering his true, cursed nature, a nanosecond away from ignorance and into clarity.

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  • Oedipus is a tragic figure for the New Humanists; man, trying to maintain himself as the image of God under the menace of dynamos, in a world of high-pressure salesmanship, is not.

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  • But for the portentous length of his hair and the amazing curve of his beard, Oedipus is a very respectable-looking personage.

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  • Their love affair buries the word Oedipus by having Chéri loathe his mother, who he calls not a mother at all.


  • He also discusses what would become known as the Oedipus Complex.

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