[thoh-nee-uh n]

adjective Classical Mythology.

of or relating to the deities, spirits, and other beings dwelling under the earth.

Nearby words

  1. chrysotile,
  2. chrétien,
  3. chrétien de troyes,
  4. chrétien, jean,
  5. chs.,
  6. chthonic,
  7. chu,
  8. chu chiang,
  9. chu hsi,
  10. chu kiang

Also chthon·ic [thon-ik] /ˈθɒn ɪk/.

Origin of chthonian

1840–50; < Greek chthóni(os) (chthon-, stem of chthṓn earth + -ios adj. suffix) + -an; akin to Latin humus earth (see humus) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chthonic

  • She was also "a queen over death and the dead," a chthonic characteristic.

    The World of Homer|Andrew Lang
  • In Classical Greece chthonic worship and hero worship seem on the whole to be more prominent than that of the gods.

    The Heroic Age|H. Munro Chadwick

British Dictionary definitions for chthonic


chthonic (ˈθɒnɪk)


of or relating to the underworld

Word Origin for chthonian

C19: from Greek khthonios in or under the earth, from khthōn earth

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