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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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  • We crossed several rivers; besides the “Echo,” one called the “Styx,” the other the “Lethe.”

    With Axe and Rifle W.H.G. Kingston
  • To swear by the Styx was to take "the great oath of the gods."

  • The unlettered bard has probably confused "Styx" with the kindling, "yelding," of hell-fire.

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

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • The fellow whose motor sent me to the brink of the Styx, is now preparing me by night light to take the 33d degree of happiness.

  • 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
  • The Styx, the Cocytus, and the Phlegethon present their waves to your acceptance.

    Munster Village Mary Hamilton
  • That faith is darker to me than the rolling blackness of the Styx.'

    Saronia Richard Short
  • As Zeus had sworn by the Styx to grant her request, he was bound.

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.

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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.

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