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Stygian (dark)

Definition:

dark and dismal as of the rivers Acheron and Styx in Hades

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Comparative:

more Stygian

Superlative:

most Stygian

Similar to:

dark

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

"upon those roseate lips a Stygian hue" - Wordsworth

Synonyms:

Acheronian | Acherontic | stygian

Etymology:

"pertaining to Styx or the nether world", from Latin Stygius, from Greek...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of Stygian...

Definition references  (+images)

Wiktionary:

Acheronian

Of or pertaining to Acheron. (5 of 6 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/Acheronian

Wikipedia:

Acheron | Acherontas | Acherusius
(Coordinates: 39.23611°N 20.47611°E)

a river located in the Epirus region of northwest Greece. Its source is near the village Zotiko, in the southwestern part of the Ioannina regional unit it flows into the Ionian Sea in Ammoudia, near Parga. In ancient Greek mythology, Acheron was known... (43 of 621 words, 6 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Acheron

Merriam-Webster:

stygian | Stygian | black [synonym, sense-specific] | caliginous [synonym, sense-specific] | darkened [synonym, sense-specific] | darkish [synonym, sense-specific] | darkling [synonym, sense-specific] | darksome [synonym, sense-specific] | dim [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

of or relating to the river Styx | extremely dark, gloomy, or forbidding (12 of 153 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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

American Heritage Dictionary:

stygian | Stygian [sense-specific]

Gloomy and dark. | Infernal; hellish. | Of or relating to the river Styx. (12 of 28 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/stygian

Random House Dictionary:

Stygian

of or pertaining to the river Styx or to Hades. | dark or gloomy. | infernal; hellish. (for definitions 2, 3). (19 of 28 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/stygian

Collins Dictionary:

Stygian

of or relating to the river Styx | [mainly literary] dark, gloomy, or hellish | completely inviolable, as a vow sworn by the river Styx (23 of 325 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

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

New World Dictionary:

Stygian

of or characteristic of the river Styx and the infernal regions | infernal or hellish ; dark or gloomy ; inviolable; completely binding, as an oath ... (25 of 44 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/stygian

Oxford Dictionary:

Stygian

relating to the River Styx in Greek mythology. | [literary] : very dark (12 of 30 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/Stygian

Macmillan British Dictionary:

Stygian [literary]

dark and frightening (3 of 28 words, pronunciation)

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

Cambridge Dictionary:

Stygian [literary]

extremely and unpleasantly dark (4 of 10 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/stygian

Britannica Encyclopedia:

Acheron [river, Greece]

river in Thesprotía in Epirus, Greece, that was thought in ancient times to go to Hades because it flowed through dark gorges and went underground in ... (26 of 73 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/3521​/Acheron

Columbia Encyclopedia:

Hades | Acheron | Charon | Cocytus | Phlegethon

in Greek and Roman religion and mythology. : The ruler of the underworld: see Pluto. | The world of the dead, ruled by Pluto and Persephone, located ... (26 of 177 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0822308​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

Stygian

unremittingly dark and frightening, as hell is imagined to be (literary) | relating to the Styx, the river in Greek mythology that the souls of the ... (25 of 77 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861716348​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

Stygian

First use: 1560s

Origin: "pertaining to Styx or the nether world", from Latin Stygius, from Greek Stygios, from Styx (genitive Stygos); see "Styx".

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

Collins Dictionary:

Stygian

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin Stygius, from Greek Stugios, from StuxStyx; related to stugein to hate

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

New World Dictionary:

Stygian

Origin: Latin Stygius ( from Greek Stygios from Styx: see "Styx") + "-an"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/stygian

Wiktionary:

Stygian

Origin: See stygian.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/Stygian

stygian

Origin: Latin stygius, from Ancient Greek Στύγιος (Stugios, "relating to Styx"), from Στύξ (Stux, "Styx, chief river of underworld").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/stygian

Merriam-Webster:

stygian | Stygian

First use: 1513

Origin: Latin stygius, from Greek stygios, from Styg-, Styx Styx

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

American Heritage Dictionary:

stygian

Origin: From Latin Stygius, from Greek Stugios, from Stux, Stug-, Styx.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/stygian

Encarta Dictionary:

Stygian

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: Latin Stygius from Greek Stugios from Stux "the Styx"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861716348​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

stygian

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "stygian"

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Collins Dictionary:

Stygian

Audio: British English pronunciation of "Stygian"

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

Macmillan British Dictionary:

Stygian [literary]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "Stygian"

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

Macmillan American Dictionary:

Stygian [literary]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "Stygian"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

Stygian [literary]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "Stygian"

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the Free Dictionary:

stygian

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stygian

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Google Dictionary:

Stygian

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YourDictionary Audio:

Stygian

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

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

stygian

Audio: North American pronunciation of "stygian"

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