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Hippolytus

[hi-pol-i-tuh s] /hɪˈpɒl ɪ təs/
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Also, Hippolytos
[hi-pol-i-tuh s, -tos] /hɪˈpɒl ɪ təs, -ˌtɒs/ (Show IPA)
. Classical Mythology. the son of Theseus who was falsely accused by his stepmother, Phaedra, of raping her after he had rejected her advances and who was killed by Poseidon in response to the plea of Theseus.
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British Dictionary definitions for hippolytos

Hippolytus

/hɪˈpɒlɪtəs/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) a son of Theseus, killed after his stepmother Phaedra falsely accused him of raping her
Derived Forms
Hippolytan, adjective
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Word Origin and History for hippolytos

Hippolytus

masc. proper name, son of Theseus in Greek mythology, from Greek Hippolytos, literally "letting horses loose," from hippos "horse" (see equine) + stem of lyein (see lose).

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Encyclopedia Article for hippolytos

Hippolytus

minor divinity in Greek religion. At Athens he was associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of love; at Troezen, girls just before marrying dedicated to him a lock of their hair. To the Greeks his name might suggest that he was destroyed by horses

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