[aw-jee-uh n]

Origin of Augean

1590–1600; < Latin Augē(us) of Augeas (Greek Augeí(ās) + -us adj. suffix) + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. extremely dirty or corrupt

Word Origin for Augean

C16: after Augeas; see Augean stables
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Word Origin and History for augean



"filthy," 1590s, in reference to Augean stable, the cleansing of which was one of the labors of Herakles, from Greek Augeias, like the stable of Augeas, king of Elis, which contained 3,000 oxen and had gone uncleansed for 30 years. Herakles purified it in one day by turning the river Alpheus through it.

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