Definition of Cimmerian

1. Adjective. Intensely dark and gloomy as with perpetual darkness. "The Cimmerian gloom...a darkness that could be felt"

Similar to: Dark

Definition of Cimmerian

1. a. Pertaining to the Cimmerii, a fabulous people, said to have lived, in very ancient times, in profound and perpetual darkness.

Definition of Cimmerian

1. Noun. (Greek mythology) Any of the mythical people supposed to inhabit a land of perpetual darkness. ¹

2. Noun. one of the Cimmerii, ancient equestrian nomads of Indo-European origin ¹

3. Noun. (historical) the prophetic priestess presiding over the Apollonian Oracle at Cimmerium in Italy. ¹

4. Adjective. Pertaining to the ancient Cimmerians. ¹

5. Adjective. Characteristic of Cimmeria; especially describing particularly dense darkness etc. ¹

6. Adjective. perpetually dark or gloomy ¹

7. Adjective. (figuratively) mentally dark; ignorant ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cimmerian

Cimarron River
Cimex lectularius
Cimicifuga americana
Cimicifuga foetida
Cimicifuga racemosa
Cinchona calisaya
Cinchona cordifolia
Cinchona lancifolia
Cinchona ledgeriana
Cinchona officinalis
Cinchona pubescens
Cinclus aquaticus

Literary usage of Cimmerian

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Geography of Herodotus ...: Illustrated from Modern Researches and by James Talboys Wheeler (1854)
"nns. a cimmerian Bosphorus,3 also a cimmerian Fort and a cimmerian Ferry.4 ... Even the sea froze, and the whole cimmerian Bosphorus; and the Scythians who ..."

2. A System of Ancient and Mediæval Geography for the Use of Schools and Colleges by Charles Anthon (1850)
"On the east the peninsula was divided from the coast of Asia by the cimmerian Bosporus. 2. EARLY AND LATER INHABITANTS. I. THE earliest inhabitants of this ..."

3. Travels in Various Countries of Europe, Asia and Africa by Edward Daniel Clarke (1823)
"FROM THE cimmerian BOSPORUS, TO CAFFA. ... Tomb of Mithradates— View of the cimmerian Straits— Antiquities of ..."

4. The Coin Collector's Manual: Or, Guide to the Numismatic Student in the by Henry Noel Humphreys (1853)
"THE coins of the Princes of Pontus, and the cimmerian Bosphorus, have been united in one series, in consequence of the late kings of Pontus having possessed ..."

5. Britannia Antiquissima, Or, A Key to the Philology of History (sacred and by John Jones Thomas (1860)
"Relying, as I am in duty bound to do, on the nature-depicting tendencies of cimmerian elements, I hazard the conjecture that the Hebrews caught the phonetic ..."

6. Herodotus by Herodotus (1828)
"... as well as that towards the sea to the east, is inhabited by Scythians, who possess also the lands which lie to the west of the cimmerian Bosphorus, ..."

7. Russia on the Black Sea and Sea of Azof: Being a Narrative of Travels in the by Henry Danby Seymour (1855)
"AFTER* a long journey across an uninterrupted flat steppe, slight undulations appear above the horizon on approaching the cimmerian Bosphorus, and shortly ..."

8. The Knickerbocker: Or, New-York Monthly Magazine by Charles Fenno Hoffman, Timothy Flint, Lewis Gaylord Clark, Kinahan Cornwallis, John Holmes Agnew (1838)
"... that what is clear as day to him, is all cimmerian darkness to his pupil. This problem,'long since proved, Professor Anthon has, in our opinion, ..."

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