Definition of odyssey
- his odyssey from rural South to urban North, from poverty to affluence, from Afro-American folk culture to a Eurocentric world of books
- —J. E. Wideman
- an odyssey of self-discovery
- a spiritual odyssey from disbelief to faith
The story is about the emotional odyssey experienced by a teenage girl.
the spiritual odyssey of the deeply religious
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Odysseus, the hero of Homer's Odyssey, spends 20 years traveling home from the Trojan War. He has astonishing adventures and learns a great deal about himself and the world; he even descends to the underworld to talk to the dead. Thus, an odyssey is any long, complicated journey, often a quest for a goal, and may be a spiritual or psychological journey as well as an actual voyage.
First Known Use: 1886See Words from the same year
: a long journey full of adventures
: a series of experiences that give knowledge or understanding to someone
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