noun Classical Mythology.
Examples from the Web for atropos
And Atropos, the third, has a pair of shears ready to cut the thread of life.The Children's Book of Celebrated Pictures|Lorinda Munson Bryant
He attempted to cut the threads of continuity as with the shears of Atropos.The Idea of Progress|J. B. Bury
Atropos, the eldest of the three Fates (the others being Clotho and Lachĕsis), who cuts the thread of life with her shears.
Clotho draws the thread, Lachesis turns the wheel, and Atropos cuts the string asunder when spun to a due length.The Mysteries of All Nations|James Grant
Atropos: The Fate who cuts the thread of life and sets the soul free from the body.The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri|Dante Alighieri
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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.