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[ak-uh-ron] /ˈæk əˌrɒn/
Classical Mythology. a river in Hades over which Charon ferried the souls of the dead.
the infernal regions; hell; Hades. Unabridged
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  • Away the witches were sent, with instructions to meet at the pit of Acheron in the morning.

  • Acheron was a stream of Epirus, and Pandosia was a town upon the banks of it.

    Pyrrhus Jacob Abbott
  • After this, the Barons pursue their way to Acheron, and call upon Charon to ferry them across.

  • I invoke no Acheron to overwhelm him in the whirlpools of his muddy gulf.

  • He plots the return of Acheron, with its towers and wizards and kings and horrors, as it was in the long ago.

    The Hour of the Dragon Robert E. Howard
  • But it was stolen from me, and Acheron fell, and I fled in exile into dark Stygia.

    The Hour of the Dragon Robert E. Howard
  • Acheron, at first the name of a river of the lower world, came to be used as a name for the whole of the lower world generally.

    Milton's Comus John Milton
  • Here was its home in the centuries before it journeyed to Acheron.

    The Hour of the Dragon Robert E. Howard
  • I have seen what he plots—and I tell you it is no less than the restoration of the ancient, black, grisly kingdom of Acheron!'

    The Hour of the Dragon Robert E. Howard
  • Amalric stared at the man from Acheron with mingled fear and admiration.

    The Hour of the Dragon Robert E. Howard
British Dictionary definitions for Acheron


noun (Greek myth)
one of the rivers in Hades over which the souls of the dead were ferried by Charon Compare Styx
the underworld or Hades
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Acheron

1580s, fabled river of the Lower World in Greek mythology. The name perhaps means "marsh-like" (cf. Greek akherousai "marshlike water"); the derivation from Greek akhos "woe" is considered folk etymology.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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