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chthonic

Definition:

dwelling beneath the surface of the earth

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Comparative:

more chthonic

Superlative:

most chthonic

Similar to:

infernal

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

chthonian | nether

Etymology:

with suffix "-ic", from Greek khthonios "of the earth, in the earth", from...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Chthonic

designates, or pertains to, deities or spirits of the underworld, especially in relation to Greek religion. The Greek word khthon is one of several for "earth"; it typically refers to the interior of the soil, rather than the living surface of the land... (43 of 1502 words, pronunciations)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Chthonic

Collins Dictionary:

chthonic | chthonian

Same as "chthonian" | of or relating to the underworld (9 of 286 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/chthonic

Britannica Encyclopedia:

chthonic [religion]

of or relating to earth, particularly the Underworld. Chthonic figures in Greek mythology included Hades and Persephone, the rulers of the Underworld, ... (22 of 101 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/116510​/chthonic

Oxford Dictionary:

chthonic | chthonian

relating to or inhabiting the underworld (6 of 36 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/chthonic

Merriam-Webster:

chthonic | chthonian | infernal [synonym]

of or relating to the underworld; "infernal" (7 of 33 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/chthonic

American Heritage Dictionary:

chthonic [Greek mythology]

Of or relating to the underworld. (6 of 24 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/chthonic

Random House Dictionary:

chthonian [classical mythology] | chthonic

of or pertaining to the deities, spirits, and other beings dwelling under the earth. (14 of 24 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/chthonian

Wiktionary:

chthonic

Dwelling within or under the earth. (6 of 16 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/chthonic

New World Dictionary:

chthonic

"chthonian" | dark, primitive, and mysterious (5 of 6 words, 2 definitions)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/chthonic

Macmillan British Dictionary:

nether [literary, abbreviation]

the nether part of something is the lower part or the part underneath (13 of 37 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/nether

Cambridge Dictionary:

nether [literary or humorous]

in a lower position (4 of 23 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/nether

Encarta Dictionary:

chthonic | chthonian

relating to the underworld as described in Greek mythology (9 of 31 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861597197​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

chthonic

First use: 1882

Origin: with suffix "-ic", from Greek khthonios "of the earth, in the earth", from khthon "the earth, solid surface of the earth" (mostly ... (23 of 70 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=chthonic

American Heritage Dictionary:

chthonic [Greek mythology]

Origin: From Greek khthonios, of the earth, from khthōn, earth; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/chthonic

Collins Dictionary:

chthonic | chthonian

First use: 19th century

Origin: from Greek khthonios in or under the earth, from khthōn earth

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/chthonic

Oxford Dictionary:

chthonic | chthonian

First use: late 19th century

Origin: Greek khthōn "earth" + "-ic"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/chthonic

Merriam-Webster:

chthonic | chthonian

First use: 1882

Origin: Greek chthon-, chthōn earth

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/chthonic

Wiktionary:

chthonic

Origin: Ancient Greek χθών (khthōn, "ground").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/chthonic

chthonian

Origin: Ancient Greek χθόνιος (khthonios, "in or under the ground"), from χθών (khthōn, "ground").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/chthonian

New World Dictionary:

chthonian

Origin: Greek chthonios, in the earth from chthōn, the earth: see "homage"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/chthonian

Encarta Dictionary:

chthonic

First use: Late 19th century

Origin: Greek khthōn "earth"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861597197​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

chthonic | chthonian

Audio: British English pronunciation of "chthonic"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/chthonic

chthonian | chthonic

Audio: British English pronunciation of "chthonian"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/chthonian

the Free Dictionary:

chthonic

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "chthonic"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "chthonic" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/chthonic

chthonian

Audio: British English pronunciation of "chthonian"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/chthonian

Google Dictionary:

chthonic

Audio: English pronunciation of "chthonic"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=chthonic

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

chthonic

Audio: North American pronunciation of "chthonic"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=chthon​01 word=chthonic

chthonian

Audio: North American pronunciation of "chthonian"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=chthon​02 word=chthonian

YourDictionary Audio:

chthonic

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "chthonic"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/chthonic

chthonian

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "chthonian" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/chthonian

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