[ tahr-ter-uh s ]
/ ˈtɑr tər əs /

noun Classical Mythology.

a sunless abyss, below Hades, in which Zeus imprisoned the Titans.
a place in Hades for the punishment of the wicked.


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British Dictionary definitions for tartarus

/ (ˈtɑːtərəs) /

noun Greek myth

an abyss under Hades where the Titans were imprisoned
a part of Hades reserved for evildoers
the underworld; Hades
a primordial god who became the father of the monster Typhon

Word Origin for Tartarus

C16: from Latin, from Greek Tartaros, of obscure origin
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