Definition of Sisyphean in English:

Sisyphean

adjective

  • Denoting a task that can never be completed.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Happy lunchtime. I managed to book holidays, after what looked at first like a Sisyphean struggle.’
    • ‘It was a Sisyphean task of epic proportions that defied a normal life expectancy.’
    • ‘Such a daunting task is a true Sisyphean labour!’
    • ‘He's urging anyone who's listening to continue on toward their desires, no matter how Sisyphean the task may prove to be.’
    • ‘Jack considers Roberta to be the farthest gone of the group and suggests that her obsession has trapped her in a ‘hopeless Sisyphean life’.’
    • ‘He strikes me as living in a quiet purgatory, working in a lonely, Sisyphean pursuit of redemption by calling for younger generations to step back from the conflicts we accept with resigned inevitability even as we oppose them in word.’
    • ‘The effort can seem Sisyphean, but it's effective.’
    • ‘I find this a laudable goal but often a Sisyphean task.’
    • ‘For years, the music and film industries have fought a Sisyphean battle against piracy.’
    • ‘Of course, trying to correct an animal rights activist with erroneous information is a Sisyphean task.’
    • ‘Governance reform takes on a Sisyphean quality in Canada: at one and the same time it is both a powerful compulsion and, apparently, a frustrating, if not impossible, task.’
    • ‘There is, of course, something Sisyphean about this.’
    • ‘The job of encouraging better care of livestock is Sisyphean.’
    • ‘It's a Sisyphean task making today's complex software, with millions of lines of code, totally bug free.’
    • ‘Yes, it's a difficult task, maybe even a Sisyphean one, but it's that challenge that ennobles what journalists do.’
    • ‘My favorite scene features a dung beetle trying to roll a bit of dinner up a hill; a more Sisyphean struggle I haven't seen.’
    • ‘The first exercise machine, in fact, was designed as a particularly tedious form of Sisyphean punishment.’
    • ‘For some it's an afternoon's entertainment, falling off their board and hauling themselves up again with a kind of Sisyphean hopelessness.’
    futile, pointless, purposeless, impractical, vain, in vain, to no purpose, to no avail, unavailing, bootless, nugatory, hopeless, unusable, ineffectual, inefficacious, impotent, fruitless, unprofitable, profitless, unproductive, unachievable
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

Sisyphean

/ˌsɪsɪˈfiːən/