- Classical Mythology. a river in Hades over which Charon ferried the souls of the dead.
- the infernal regions; hell; Hades.
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Examples from the Web for acheron
For other leaves there are, and other streams that water them,—not water of life, but water of Acheron.Proserpina, Volume 1
The waters of Acheron will be the cause of your death, and Pandosia is the place where you will die.
Acheron was a stream of Epirus, and Pandosia was a town upon the banks of it.
I invoke no Acheron to overwhelm him in the whirlpools of his muddy gulf.Thoughts on the Present Discontents
Shall we stand waiting, like ghosts upon the banks of Acheron?Fiesco or, The Genoese Conspiracy
- one of the rivers in Hades over which the souls of the dead were ferried by CharonCompare Styx
- the underworld or Hades
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Word Origin and History for acheron
1580s, fabled river of the Lower World in Greek mythology. The name perhaps means "marsh-like" (cf. Greek akherousai "marshlike water"); the derivation from Greek akhos "woe" is considered folk etymology.
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