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[oh-dis-ee-uh s, oh-dis-yoos] /oʊˈdɪs i əs, oʊˈdɪs yus/
noun, Classical Mythology
king of Ithaca; son of Laertes; one of the heroes of the Iliad and protagonist of the Odyssey: shrewdest of the Greek leaders in the Trojan War.
Latin Ulysses. Unabridged
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  • When every thing was ready, Odysseus embarked, and the sailors slipped the cables and took their seats at the oars.

  • Moreover, every one thought or said that King Odysseus must be dead.

    Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew Josephine Preston Peabody
  • Two passages mention Λοκροί in connection with the other Aias; three mention Ἰθάκη or Κεφαλλῆνες in connection with Odysseus.

    The Heroic Age H. Munro Chadwick
  • Last of all, Odysseus begged leave to try, and was laughed to scorn.

    Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew Josephine Preston Peabody
  • Presently Odysseus, too, entered in the guise of a forlorn old beggar, and sat down near the door.

  • But when Odysseus speaks falsely he is voluntarily and intentionally false.

  • Last in the train came the big ram, with Odysseus clinging underneath.

British Dictionary definitions for Odysseus


(Greek myth) one of the foremost of the Greek heroes at the siege of Troy, noted for his courage and ingenuity. His return to his kingdom of Ithaca was fraught with adventures in which he lost all his companions and he was acknowledged by his wife Penelope only after killing her suitors Roman name Ulysses
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Word Origin and History for Odysseus

king of Ithaca, from Greek Odysseus (Latin Ulysses), of unknown origin, perhaps related to odyssasthai "to be grieved at, be angry at."

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Odysseus in Culture
Odysseus [(oh-dis-yoohs, oh-dis-ee-uhs)]

[Roman name Ulysses]

A Greek hero in the Trojan War. Odysseus helped bring about the fall of Troy by conceiving the ruse of the Trojan horse. After Troy was ruined, Odysseus wandered for ten years trying to return home, having many adventures along the way. (See Circe, Cyclops, Penelope, Scylla and Charybdis, and Sirens.)

Note: The story of Odysseus' journey home is told in the Odyssey of Homer. By extension, an “odyssey” is any long or difficult journey or transformation.
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