Poly·​ni·​ces ˌpä-lə-ˈnī-sēz How to pronounce Polynices (audio)
: a son of Oedipus for whom the Seven against Thebes mount their expedition

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Her act defies King Creon’s recent edict that Polynices be left to rot, unburied. Rachel Hadas, The Conversation, 8 July 2022

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Word History


Latin, from Greek Polyneikēs

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Polynices was in the 15th century

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“Polynices.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Polynices. Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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