Oedipus Definition

ĕdə-pəs, ēdə-
noun
The son of Laius and Jocasta, king and queen of Thebes, who, raised by the king of Corinth, later returns to Thebes and unwittingly kills his father and marries his mother.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
  • Oedipus Rex
  • King Oedipus
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adjective
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.
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Origin of Oedipus

  • Latin from Greek Oidipous oidein to swell pous foot octopus

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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