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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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  • Somewhere ahead of him he knew that low dark Stygian galley was speeding southward.

    The Hour of the Dragon Robert E. Howard
  • They snapped off their torches and crouched in Stygian darkness.

  • In fact she slipped and fell the last ten feet, her heart bounding into her throat as she toppled into Stygian blackness.

    The Return of Tharn Howard Carleton Browne
  • It lurks in Stygian tombs, and is called forth into being only by wizards.

    The Hour of the Dragon Robert E. Howard
  • Oh, pitiless stone arches, let fall your crushing weight upon this Stygian monster!

    Violets and Other Tales Alice Ruth Moore
  • Men say our cult is a survival of the ancient Stygian serpent-worship.

    The Hour of the Dragon Robert E. Howard
  • The yammering rockets cut off, and the ship seemed to poise on the ebon lip of a vast Stygian abyss.

    Time and the Woman G. Gordon Dewey
  • Open my eyes as wide as I might, I could not pierce the Stygian gloom.

    Bill Biddon, Trapper Edward S. Ellis
  • Two flames: Denoting the number of passengers who are to be conveyed across the Stygian pool.

  • Full length and flat on his face went Roderick into the Stygian pool.

    Penrod Booth Tarkington
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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