Sisyphus

noun
Sis·​y·​phus | \ ˈsi-sə-fəs How to pronounce Sisyphus (audio) \

Definition of Sisyphus

: a legendary king of Corinth condemned eternally to repeatedly roll a heavy rock up a hill in Hades only to have it roll down again as it nears the top

First Known Use of Sisyphus

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Sisyphus

Latin, from Greek Sisyphos

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“Sisyphus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Sisyphus. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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