Definition of Stygian

1. Adjective. Hellish. "Hence loathed Melancholy.../In Stygian cave forlorn"

Similar to: Infernal



2. Adjective. Dark and dismal as of the rivers Acheron and Styx in Hades. "Upon those roseate lips a Stygian hue"
Exact synonyms: Acheronian, Acherontic
Similar to: Dark
Derivative terms: Acheron

Definition of Stygian

1. a. Of or pertaining to the river Styx; hence, hellish; infernal. See Styx.

Definition of Stygian

1. Adjective. Dark and gloomy. ¹

2. Adjective. Infernal or hellish. ¹

3. Adjective. Of, or relating to the river Styx. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Stygian

1. gloomy [adj] - See also: gloomy

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Stygian

stuttering
stuttering(a)
stutteringly
stutterings
stutters
stuttery
sty
stycas
stycerin
stychomythia
stychomythias
stye
styed
styes
stygian (current term)
stygiophobia
stygmergetic
stygofauna
stying
stylar
stylaster
stylasters
stylate
style
style guide
style of architecture
style of cause
style sheet
style sheets

Literary usage of Stygian

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1. Dictionary of National Biography: From the Earliest Times to 1900 by George Smith, Leslie Stephen, Sidney Lee (1897)
"... denounces alcohol ' as a stygian poison,' and collects much historical and medical information. All his books were published in London. ..."

2. The English Poets: Selections with Critical Introductions by Various Writers by Thomas Humphry Ward (1917)
"SONG OF THE stygian NAIADES. Proserpine may pull her flowers, Wet with dew or wet with tears, Red with anger, pale with fears, Is it any fault of ours, ..."

3. The Classical Mythology of Milton's English Poems by Charles Grosvenor Osgood (1900)
"haps than by any other mythical figure.1 This is further carried out by the mention of the stygian cave forlorn, of horrid shapes and unholy sights, ..."

4. The Æneid of Virgil by Virgil (1910)
"Or if some path there be, " If thy celestial mother guide thee here " (For not, I ween, without the grace of gods " Wilt cross yon rivers vast, yon stygian ..."

5. The Chief American Poets: Selected Poems by Bryant, Poe, Emerson, Longfellow by Curtis Hidden Page (1905)
"a saintly soul floats on the stygian river; And, Guy De Veré, hast thou no tear ? — weep now or never more ! See! on yon drear and rigid bier low lies thy ..."

6. Dictionary of Obsolete and Provincial English: Containing Words from the by Thomas Wright (1857)
"A constable. (3) ». То nod ; to beckon. 'black. • Tin« here I vow, By my beloved brothers stygian slow, Бу nil those ..."

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