- the Fate who cuts the thread of life.
Origin of Atropos
Examples from the Web for atropos
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
We have constructed a fate, an Atropos, that never turns aside.Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience
Henry David Thoreau
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.Chaucer's Works, Volume 2 (of 7)
- Greek myth the one of the three Fates who severs the thread of life
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.