- the ancient Roman god of the underworld, identified with the Greek Pluto, or Hades.
- the ancient Roman underworld; Hades; Dis.
Examples from the Web for orcus
Historical Examples of orcus
And I was beautiful, and I had no love, save for the king, Orcus.The Lion's Brood
Some masked valets, dressed like Pluto or Orcus, dragged away the dead by the feet, killing with hammers all who still breathed.English Conferences of Ernest Renan
The airy nothing of a sigh bears often a pastoral world or an orcus on its ephemeron's-wing.Titan: A Romance v. 1 (of 2)
Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
My soul would express, in sadness and in gloom, its forecast of the dreary Orcus.
By the moon, who is the guardian of the sorceress—by Orcus, who is the treasurer of wrath—I curse thee!
- another name for Dis (def. 1)