- of or relating to the deities, spirits, and other beings dwelling under the earth.
Also chthon·ic [thon-ik] /ˈθɒn ɪk/.
Origin of chthonian
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Related Wordsdemonic, malevolent, hellish, devilish, wicked, lower, accursed, confounded, cursed, damnable, diabolical, execrable, fiendish, malicious, monstrous, nether, satanic, subterranean, blamed, blasted
Examples from the Web for chthonian
It must be strange to die, surrounded by jackals at their chthonian litanies.In Mesopotamia
The Chthonian deities form a counterpart to the dwellers on Olympus.Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol II of 2)
John Addington Symonds
A man who divorced his wife was to make an offering to the Chthonian gods.
As a chthonian power, she is worshipped at the Samothracian mysteries, and is closely connected with Demeter.
- of or relating to the underworld
C19: from Greek khthonios in or under the earth, from khthōn earth
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Word Origin and History for chthonian
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