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chthonian

[ thoh-nee-uhn ]
/ ˈθoʊ ni ən /
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adjective Classical Mythology.
of or relating to the deities, spirits, and other beings dwelling under the earth.
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Also chthon·ic [thon-ik]. /ˈθɒn ɪk/.

Origin of chthonian

First recorded in 1840–50; from Greek chthóni(os) (chthon-, stem of chthṓn “earth” + -ios adjective suffix) + -an; akin to Latin humus “earth” (see humus)
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How to use chthonian in a sentence

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

    The World of Homer|Andrew Lang

British Dictionary definitions for chthonian

chthonian

chthonic (ˈθɒnɪk)

/ (ˈθəʊnɪən) /

adjective
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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