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Orcus

[awr-kuh s]
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noun
  1. the ancient Roman god of the underworld, identified with the Greek Pluto, or Hades.
  2. the ancient Roman underworld; Hades; Dis.
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Examples from the Web for orcus

Historical Examples

  • And I was beautiful, and I had no love, save for the king, Orcus.

    The Lion's Brood

    Duffield Osborne

  • Some masked valets, dressed like Pluto or Orcus, dragged away the dead by the feet, killing with hammers all who still breathed.

  • The airy nothing of a sigh bears often a pastoral world or an orcus on its ephemeron's-wing.

    Titan: A Romance v. 1 (of 2)

    Jean Paul Friedrich Richter

  • My soul would express, in sadness and in gloom, its forecast of the dreary Orcus.

    The Last Days of Pompeii

    Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

  • By the moon, who is the guardian of the sorceress—by Orcus, who is the treasurer of wrath—I curse thee!

    The Last Days of Pompeii

    Edward George Bulwer-Lytton


British Dictionary definitions for orcus

Orcus

noun
  1. another name for Dis (def. 1)
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