[ a-truh-pos ]
/ ˈæ trəˌpɒs /

noun Classical Mythology.

the Fate who cuts the thread of life.

Origin of Atropos

< Greek: literally, not turning, hence, inflexible. See a-6, -trope Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for atropos


/ (ˈætrəˌpɒs) /


Greek myth the one of the three Fates who severs the thread of life

Word Origin for Atropos

Greek, from atropos that may not be turned, from a- 1 + -tropos from trepein to turn
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Word Origin and History for atropos


one of the Fates (the one who holds the shears and determines the manner of a person's death and cuts the thread), from Greek, "inflexible," literally "not to be turned away," from a- "not" (see a- (3)) + stem of trepein "to turn" (see trope). Related form Atropa was the Greek name for deadly nightshade.

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