- Oedipus is defined as a man having the tendency to stay very close to his mother.
An example of the Oedipus behavior is a forty year old man who's never moved away from his mother and doesn't leave home without her.
- The definition of Oedipus is son in Greek mythology who was too attached and too attracted to his mother.
An example of Oedipus was the son of the king and queen of Thebes who ended up killing his father and marrying his mother.
Oedipus definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Classical Latin ; from Classical Greek Oidipous (; from oidein, to swell plush pous, foot: literally , swollen foot)
Oedipus definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun Greek Mythology
Origin: Latin, from Greek Oidipous : oidein, to swell + pous, foot; see octopus.
Oedipus - Cultural Definition
In classical mythology, a tragic king who unknowingly killed his father and married his mother. The Delphic oracle predicted that King Laius of Thebes, a city in Greece, would be killed by his own son. To save himself, Laius ordered his newborn son placed on a mountaintop and left to starve. The infant was rescued by a shepherd and raised in a distant city, where he was given the name Oedipus. Years later, King Laius was killed while on a journey by a stranger with whom he quarreled. Oedipus arrived at Thebes shortly thereafter and saved the city from the ravages of the Sphinx. He was proclaimed king in Laius' stead, and he took the dead king's widow, Jocasta, as his own wife.
After several years a terrible plague struck Thebes. The Delphic oracle told Oedipus that to end the plague, he must find and punish the murderer of King Laius. In the course of his investigation, Oedipus discovered that he himself was the killer and that Laius had been his real father. He had therefore murdered his father and married his mother, Jocasta. In his despair at this discovery, Oedipus blinded himself.
- The story of Oedipus is the subject of the play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles.
- The Oedipus complex, identified by the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, takes its name from the story of Oedipus.