- Classical Mythology. any of three sister monsters commonly represented as having snakes for hair, wings, brazen claws, and eyes that turned anyone looking into them to stone. Medusa, the only mortal Gorgon, was beheaded by Perseus.
- (lowercase) a mean, ugly, or repulsive woman.
Origin of Gorgon
Related Words for gorgonshrew, biddy, beldam, virago, Jezebel, vixen, fury, slattern, harpy, bag, harridan, witch, sorceress, crone, battle-ax, ogress, gorgon, termagant, Medusa, fishwife
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Contemporary Examples of gorgon
In Greek mythology, the Gorgon Medusa had the face of a woman and poisonous snakes for hair; her glance could turn men to stone.Russia’s Freest Website Now Lives in Latvia
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Historical Examples of gorgon
In its surface he could safely look at the reflection of the Gorgon's face.The Gorgon's Head
Hence the Gorgon, one of her consorts, was ordered to go ahead and lead the way.Heroes of the Telegraph
The Gorgon cannot have looked more coldly wicked than her ladyship just then.The Lion's Skin
Unfortunately the journal says very little of the Gorgon's voyage home.Voyage of H.M.S. Pandora
"Surely the Gorgon was a kind of prehistoric suffragette," objected Dick.Ambrotox and Limping Dick
- Greek myth any of three winged monstrous sisters, Stheno, Euryale, and Medusa, who had live snakes for hair, huge teeth, and brazen claws
- (often not capital) informal a fierce or unpleasant woman
Word Origin for Gorgon
late 14c., any of the three hideous sisters in Greek legend, whose look turned beholders to stone (Madusa was one of them), from Greek Gorgo (plural Gorgones), from gorgos "terrible," of unknown origin. Transferred sense of "terrifyingly ugly person" is from 1520s.