- of or relating to the river Styx or to Hades.
- dark or gloomy.
- infernal; hellish.
Also styg·i·an (for defs 2, 3).
Origin of Stygian
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Examples from the Web for 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
C16: from Latin Stygius, from Greek Stugios, from Stux Styx; related to stugein to hate
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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.
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