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Oedipus Syllabification: Oed·i·pus
Pronunciation: /ˈedəpəs/ /ˈēdə-/
Greek Mythology

Definition of Oedipus in English:

The son of Jocasta and of Laius, king of Thebes.

Left to die on a mountain by Laius, who had been told by an oracle that he would be killed by his own son, the infant Oedipus was saved by a shepherd. Returning eventually to Thebes, Oedipus solved the riddle of the sphinx, but unwittingly killed his father and married Jocasta. On discovering what he had done, he put out his own eyes in a fit of madness, and Jocasta hanged herself

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