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[a-truh-pos] /ˈæ trəˌpɒs/
noun, Classical Mythology.
the Fate who cuts the thread of life.
Origin of Atropos
< Greek: literally, not turning, hence, inflexible. See a-6, -trope Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Atropos
Historical Examples
  • Atropos has decreed that I at least shall never again enter her walls.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Lachesis announced the past, Clotho the present, and Atropos the future.

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • We have constructed a fate, an Atropos, that never turns aside.

  • Like the time—the 'Atropos' came in just after we touched down.

    A Question of Courage Jesse Franklin Bone
  • Atropos is the Fate who cuts the thread of life; see note to v. 7.

  • Atropos appeared, after an interval, looking as beautiful as the dawn.


    Henry Kingsley
  • He attempted to cut the threads of continuity as with the shears of Atropos.

  • Clotho spun the thread of life, Lachesis held it, and Atropos cut it.

    Palamon and Arcite John Dryden
  • It was the duty of Atropos to cut the thread of life at the appointed time.

    Minor Poems by Milton John Milton
  • Her name was Atropos, and she held a pair of sharp shears in her hand.

    Old Greek Stories James Baldwin
British Dictionary definitions for Atropos


(Greek myth) the one of the three Fates who severs the thread of life
Word Origin
Greek, from atropos that may not be turned, from a-1 + -tropos from trepein to turn
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Word Origin and History for Atropos

one of the Fates (the one who holds the shears and determines the manner of a person's death and cuts the thread), from Greek, "inflexible," literally "not to be turned away," from a- "not" (see a- (3)) + stem of trepein "to turn" (see trope). Related form Atropa was the Greek name for deadly nightshade.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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