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Oedipus Rex

noun
1.
a tragedy (c430 b.c.) by Sophocles.
Also called Oedipus Tyrannus
[ti-ran-uh s] /tɪˈræn əs/ (Show IPA)
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  • There is no carefully interwoven plot such as tragedy presents, for example in Oedipus Rex.

    Essays on the Greek Romances Elizabeth Hazelton Haight
  • We were in complete agreement in choosing Oedipus Rex as the subject.

    An Autobiography Igor Stravinsky
  • An echo of this is to be found in the Oedipus Rex of Sophocles.

    Totem and Taboo Sigmund Freud
  • As we were too short both of time and funds to present Oedipus Rex in a stage setting, it was decided to give it in concert form.

    An Autobiography Igor Stravinsky
  • But here, as in so many other contexts, we must turn for the classic example to the Oedipus Rex.

    Play-Making William Archer
Oedipus Rex in Culture
Oedipus Rex [(ed-uh-puhs, ee-duh-puhs reks)]

A tragedy by Sophocles that dramatizes the fall of Oedipus. (See underMythology and Folklore.”)

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