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[stij-ee-uh n] /ˈstɪdʒ i ən/
of or relating to the river Styx or to Hades.
dark or gloomy.
infernal; hellish.
Also, stygian (for defs 2, 3)
Origin of Stygian
1560-70; < Latin Stygi(us) < Greek Stýgios (Styg-, stem of Stýx Styx + -ios adj. suffix) + -an
Related forms
trans-Stygian, adjective Unabridged
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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


of or relating to the river Styx
(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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