- a sunless abyss, below Hades, in which Zeus imprisoned the Titans.
- a place in Hades for the punishment of the wicked.
Examples from the Web for tartarus
It is a kind of hell, but not the spiraling inferno the Stalker Virgil led Dante through, but a sodden, sloppy Tartarus.Geoff Dyer Takes on Andrei Tarkovsky’s Film ‘Stalker’ in ‘Zona’
February 25, 2012
But each is a god, though the one sits ever on Olympus, while the other is as one from Tartarus.Critical Miscellanies, Vol. I
A god could not have done it unless he had been the god of Tartarus.Aurelian
After raising me to the verge of Paradise, do not thrust me to the depths of Tartarus.Windsor Castle
William Harrison Ainsworth
She became used to the place, and found pleasures even in Tartarus.A Jar of Honey from Mount Hybla
Hyginus makes him the son of Tartarus and Gaea, and one of the giants.
- an abyss under Hades where the Titans were imprisoned
- a part of Hades reserved for evildoers
- the underworld; Hades
- a primordial god who became the father of the monster Typhon
Word Origin and History for tartarus
the abyss below Hades in Greek mythology, from Greek Tartaros, of uncertain origin; "prob. a word of imitative origin, suggestive of something frightful" [Klein].