Definition of Sisyphean in English:


Line breaks: Sisy|phean
Pronunciation: /ˌsɪsɪˈfiːən


  • Denoting a task that can never be completed.
    More example sentences
    • It was a Sisyphean task - but Paul did not give in.
    • Not only do they lose the game but they are sentenced to a Sisyphean task.
    • It was a Sisyphean task of epic proportions that defied a normal life expectancy.


late 16th century: from Latin Sisypheius (based on Greek Sisuphos: see Sisyphus) + -an.

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