Hip·​pol·​y·​tus hi-ˈpä-lə-təs How to pronounce Hippolytus (audio)
: a son of Theseus falsely accused of amorous advances by his stepmother and killed by his father through the agency of Poseidon

Word History


Latin, from Greek Hippolytos

First Known Use

1567, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hippolytus was in 1567

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“Hippolytus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hippolytus. Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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