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Ulysses

[yoo-lis-eez; also British yoo-luh-seez] /yuˈlɪs iz; also British ˈyu ləˌsiz/
noun
1.
Latin name for Odysseus.
2.
(italics) a psychological novel (1922) by James Joyce.
3.
a male given name.
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  • Here lies one motive why Ulysses must go to the palace and test Penelope.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • But Ulysses had no time to waste in trying to get at the mystery.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Circe now prepared a second feast, and entertained them all so well, that Ulysses lingered there for one whole year.

    Myths of Greece and Rome H. A. Guerber
  • On entering the hall, Ulysses saw the magic fountain in the center of it.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • But Ulysses and the other princes begged him to remember that the honor of their country was at stake.

    The Story of Troy Michael Clarke
British Dictionary definitions for Ulysses

Ulysses

/ˈjuːlɪˌsiːz; juːˈlɪsiːz/
noun
1.
the Latin name of Odysseus
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Word Origin and History for Ulysses

Latin name for Odysseus, from Latin Ulysses, Ulixes. Famous for wandering as well as craftiness and ability at deceit. For -d- to -l- alteration, see lachrymose.

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Ulysses in Culture

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The Roman name of the Greek hero Odysseus.

Note: In the Aeneid of Virgil, which was written in Latin, Odysseus is called Ulysses.
Note: The Irish author James Joyce adopted the name for the title of his masterpiece of the early twentieth century, which is, in part, a retelling of the myth of Odysseus.
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