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[stiks] /stɪks/
noun, Classical Mythology.
a river in the underworld, over which the souls of the dead were ferried by Charon, and by which the gods swore their most solemn oaths. Unabridged
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  • Ask any gift of me and it shall be thine; I call the Styx to witness.

    Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew Josephine Preston Peabody
  • It would be just lovely to be rowed across the Styx together.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
  • To swear by the Styx was to take "the great oath of the gods."

  • I was upon the Styx, and in my rower I recognised the redoubtable Charon.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • "I am ready to swear by the Styx," said D'Harmental, laughing.

    The Conspirators Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • To-morrow, was it not, that you were to journey to Tyburn and from thence across the Styx?

    A Daughter of Raasay William MacLeod Raine
  • That faith is darker to me than the rolling blackness of the Styx.'

    Saronia Richard Short
  • Anywhere on this side the Styx the sound of that whistle will reach me.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • I am as dead to the life I once lived as if the Styx rolled between it and me.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for Styx


(Greek myth) a river in Hades across which Charon ferried the souls of the dead
Word Origin
from Greek Stux; related to stugein to hate
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Word Origin and History for Styx

late 14c., the Greek river of the Underworld, cognate with Greek stygos "hatred," stygnos "gloomy." Oaths sworn by it were supremely binding and even the gods feared to break them. The adjective is Stygian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Styx in Culture
Styx [(stiks)]

In classical mythology, one of the rivers of Hades, across which Charon ferried the souls of the dead. The gods occasionally swore by the river Styx. When they did so, their oath was unbreakable.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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