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Atropos

[a-truh-pos] /ˈæ trəˌpɒs/
noun, Classical Mythology.
1.
the Fate who cuts the thread of life.
Origin of Atropos
< Greek: literally, not turning, hence, inflexible. See a-6, -trope
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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.

    Ravenshoe

    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

Atropos

/ˈætrəˌpɒs/
noun
1.
(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.

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