- of or relating to the deities, spirits, and other beings dwelling under the earth.
Also chthon·ic [thon-ik] /ˈθɒn ɪk/.
Origin of chthonian
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It must be strange to die, surrounded by jackals at their chthonian litanies.In Mesopotamia
The Chthonian deities form a counterpart to the dwellers on Olympus.Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol II of 2)
John Addington Symonds
A man who divorced his wife was to make an offering to the Chthonian gods.
As a chthonian power, she is worshipped at the Samothracian mysteries, and is closely connected with Demeter.
- of or relating to the underworld
C19: from Greek khthonios in or under the earth, from khthōn earth
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Word Origin and History for chthonian
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