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Definitions for Sisyphean
ˌsɪs əˈfi ənsisyphean

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Sisypheanadjective

    of or relating to Sisyphus

  2. Sisypheanadjective

    both extremely effortful and futile


  1. Sisypheanadjective

    Incessant or incessantly recurring, but futile.

    Sisyphean labors

  2. Sisypheanadjective

    Relating to Sisyphus.

  3. Etymology: From Sisyphus, from Σίσυφος (Sisuphos). Sisyphus was a Greek mythological figure who was doomed to endlessly roll a boulder up a hill in Hades.


  1. sisyphean

    In Greek mythology, Sisyphus or Sisyphos (; Ancient Greek: Σίσυφος Sísyphos) was the founder and king of Ephyra (now known as Corinth). Hades punished him for cheating death twice by forcing him to roll an immense boulder up a hill only for it to roll back down every time it neared the top, repeating this action for eternity. Through the classical influence on modern culture, tasks that are both laborious and futile are therefore described as Sisyphean ().

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sisypheanadjective

    relating to Sisyphus; incessantly recurring; as, Sisyphean labors

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sisyphean

    sis-i-fē′an, adj. relating to Sisyphus: incessantly recurring. [From Sisyphus, a king of Corinth, who was condemned in Tartarus to roll to the top of a hill a huge stone, which constantly rolled down again, making his task incessant.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sisyphean in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sisyphean in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Sisyphean in a Sentence

  1. Deputy Prime Minister Yannis Dragasakis:

    The country is in a position like that of Sisyphus — a man condemned to roll a boulder to the top of a hill, only to see it roll down again, we risk condemning an entire generation to a future without hope. To avoid that, what we ask from our eurozone partners is to treat Greece as an equal and help us escape from this Sisyphean trap.

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