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[od-uh-see] /ˈɒd ə si/
noun, plural Odysseys for 2.
(italics) an epic poem attributed to Homer, describing Odysseus's adventures in his ten-year attempt to return home to Ithaca after the Trojan War.
(often lowercase) a long series of wanderings or adventures, especially when filled with notable experiences, hardships, etc.
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Odyssean, adjective Unabridged
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  • Impressive, indeed, and yethow many really thrill and smile over the odyssean tale?

  • Yet how will it dilate on the odyssean smell of hemp and tar!

    Journeys to Bagdad Charles S. Brooks
  • The alleged distinction of early Iliadic grammar, late odyssean grammar, in that case vanishes.

    Homer and His Age Andrew Lang
  • We find no stronger mark of change than in the odyssean house, if that be changed, which we show reason to doubt.

    Homer and His Age Andrew Lang
  • But he does not carry these discoveries so far as to make the late grammar no less Iliadic than odyssean.

    Homer and His Age Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for odyssean


a Greek epic poem, attributed to Homer, describing the ten-year homeward wanderings of Odysseus after the fall of Troy
(often not capital) any long eventful journey
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Odyssean (ˌɒdɪˈsiːən) adjective
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Word Origin and History for odyssean



c.1600, "Odyssey," from Latin Odyssea, from Greek Odysseia, name of the Homeric epic poem of ancient Greece, relating the ten-year wanderings of Odysseus, king of Ithaca, after the Trojan War. Figurative sense of "long, adventurous journey" is first recorded 1889.

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