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Stygian

[stij-ee-uh n] /ˈstɪdʒ i ən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the river Styx or to Hades.
2.
dark or gloomy.
3.
infernal; hellish.
Also, stygian (for defs 2, 3)
Origin of Stygian
1560-1570
1560-70; < Latin Stygi(us) < Greek Stýgios (Styg-, stem of Stýx Styx + -ios adj. suffix) + -an
Related forms
trans-Stygian, adjective
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Examples from the Web for Stygian
Historical Examples
  • Justus Miles was the first to come to, and he found himself in Stygian blackness.

    The Heads of Apex Francis Flagg
  • She appealed by a gesture to Heaven against the Stygian darkness of my mind.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • They snapped off their torches and crouched in Stygian darkness.

  • It was not the sort of night we know on earth, but a Stygian blackness.

    The Fire People

    Ray Cummings
  • The Stygian darkness of his hiatus refused to lift by questioning.

    Desert Conquest

    A. M. Chisholm
  • It lurks in Stygian tombs, and is called forth into being only by wizards.

    The Hour of the Dragon Robert E. Howard
  • Men say our cult is a survival of the ancient Stygian serpent-worship.

    The Hour of the Dragon Robert E. Howard
  • Conan wondered how deeply the man was in the intrigues of the Stygian.

    Jewels of Gwahlur Robert E. Howard
  • Open my eyes as wide as I might, I could not pierce the Stygian gloom.

    Bill Biddon, Trapper Edward S. Ellis
  • Once a Stygian galley, fleeing from me, fled up the river and vanished.

    Queen of the Black Coast Robert E. Howard
British Dictionary definitions for Stygian

Stygian

/ˈstɪdʒɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the river Styx
2.
(mainly literary)
  1. dark, gloomy, or hellish
  2. completely inviolable, as a vow sworn by the river Styx
Word Origin
C16: from Latin Stygius, from Greek Stugios, from StuxStyx; related to stugein to hate
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Word Origin and History for Stygian

"pertaining to Styx or the nether world," 1560s, from Latin Stygius, from Greek Stygios, from Styx (genitive Stygos); see Styx.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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