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Orcus

[awr-kuh s] /ˈɔr kəs/
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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  • 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
  • Death sits calmly dread upon thy brow—on thy lip is the smile that slays: thy name is Orcus, but on earth men call thee Arbaces.

    The Last Days of Pompeii Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
  • No fabled Elysium—no poetic Orcus—but a pure and radiant heritage of heaven itself, is the portion of the good.'

    The Last Days of Pompeii Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
  • The fires of the avenging Orcus burst forth against the false witness of my accusers!'

    The Last Days of Pompeii Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
  • Down with it, man: down with it to Orcus: let the whole accursed edifice sink thither, and tyranny be swallowed up for ever!

  • Has gone blundering down into Orcus and the shark's belly, in that unutterable manner.

British Dictionary definitions for Orcus

Orcus

/ˈɔːkəs/
noun
1.
another name for Dis (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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