- of or relating to the river Styx or to Hades.
- dark or gloomy.
- infernal; hellish.
Origin of Stygian
Related Words for stygiandim, misty, murky, shadowy, overcast, somber, cloudy, dingy, gloomy, black, drab, foggy, dull, darkened, jet, slate, onyx, coal, sable, pitch
Examples from the Web for stygian
Historical Examples of stygian
Justus Miles was the first to come to, and he found himself in Stygian blackness.The Heads of Apex
She appealed by a gesture to Heaven against the Stygian darkness of my mind.The Strolling Saint
They snapped off their torches and crouched in Stygian darkness.The Seed of the Toc-Toc Birds
It was not the sort of night we know on earth, but a Stygian blackness.The Fire People
The Stygian darkness of his hiatus refused to lift by questioning.Desert Conquest
A. M. Chisholm
- of or relating to the river Styx
- mainly literary
- dark, gloomy, or hellish
- completely inviolable, as a vow sworn by the river Styx
Word Origin for Stygian
Word Origin and History for stygian
"pertaining to Styx or the nether world," 1560s, from Latin Stygius, from Greek Stygios, from Styx (genitive Stygos); see Styx.