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[tahr-tair-ee-uh n] /tɑrˈtɛər i ən/
of or relating to Tartarus; infernal.
Origin of Tartarean
1615-25; < Latin Tartare(us) of Tartarus (see -eous) + -an Unabridged
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  • The Tartarean part of the story is, in fact, post-Aeschylean.

  • Big domes of Tartarean Honeysuckle—all rosy pink with bloom—yet held their own.

    A Garden with House Attached Sarah Warner Brooks
  • The victor, sacrificing them with greedy teeth, plunged them into the Tartarean recesses of his capacious paunch.

  • Dost thou soothe the Elysian groves with thy tender song, or dost thou dwell upon a Tartarean Helicon?

  • You are at liberty, disbelieving it, to range the fields—Elysian and Tartarean—of all imagination.

  • Their Tartarean situation might by some have been called an imprudent one for two unattended women.

    Return of the Native Thomas Hardy
  • Tartarean regions have no worse woes, nor the Hell of Christians, than memory inflicts upon those who have done evil.

    Aurelian William Ware
  • A true Tartarean dignity sat upon her brow, and not factitiously or with marks of constraint, for it had grown in her with years.

    Return of the Native Thomas Hardy
  • Don Pedro, you will oblige my weakness by not mentioning that man;—his name is Tartarean, unfit for polite lips.

    Westward Ho! Charles Kingsley
  • He stood on the bridge overwhelmed by the despair whose Tartarean blackness only twenty can experience.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for Tartarean


/tɑːˈtɛərɪən; -ˈtɑːrɪ-/
(literary) of or relating to Tartarus; infernal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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