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[thee-see-uh s, -syoos] /ˈθi si əs, -syus/
noun, Classical Mythology
an Attic hero, the husband of Phaedra, father of Hippolytus, and slayer of the Minotaur and the robber Procrustes.
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[thi-see-uh n] /θɪˈsi ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • The feast of the Oschophoria, or of carrying boughs, which to this day the Athenians celebrate, was instituted by Theseus.

  • She helped Geta to escape: they have both taken refuge in the Temple of Theseus.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • The sons of Theseus carry to Athens their aged grandmother, Aethra.

    The World of Homer Andrew Lang
  • What had become of the jailer and the guards, Theseus never knew.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • In front of this fire was a great black bulk; Theseus knew not what it might be.

  • But Theseus by this time had leaped up, and caught the monster off his guard.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Theseus married his deliverer, but when he arrived at Naxos (Dia) forsook her, and she hung herself.

  • I have saved you, Theseus, as much for my father's sake as for your own.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
British Dictionary definitions for Theseus


(Greek myth) a hero of Attica, noted for his many great deeds, among them the slaying of the Minotaur, the conquest of the Amazons, whose queen he married, and participation in the Calydonian hunt
Derived Forms
Thesean (θɪˈsiːən) adjective
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Word Origin and History for Theseus

legendary hero-king of Athens.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Theseus in Culture
Theseus [(thee-see-uhs, thee-syoohs)]

In classical mythology, a hero of the city of Athens. He killed Procrustes and the Minotaur and made war on the Amazons, subsequently marrying their queen, Hippolyta.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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Theseus in Technology

A language based on Euclid, never implemented.
["Theseus - A Programming Language for Relational Databases", J.E. Shopiro, ACM Trans Database Sys 4(4):493-517, Mar 1979].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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