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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Definitions for Sisyphean

  1. endless and unavailing, as labor or a task.
  2. of or pertaining to Sisyphus.

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Citations for Sisyphean
Alongside the futile Sisyphean trials of his fellow men, the song of suicide could only beckon. But again, he said no. Claire Messud, The Last Life, 2000
Making himself useful as always, he took upon himself the Sisyphean task of keeping all those Modernist surfaces sparkling. Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex, 2002
Origin of Sisyphean
1625-1635
Sisyphean comes from a Greek myth about the King of Corinth named Sisyphus, who was condemned to eternally roll a stone up a hill. The extension to any laborious, eternal task has been used since the word entered English in the early 1600s.
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