American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Gloomy and dark.
- adj. Infernal; hellish.
- adj. Of or relating to the river Styx.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to the Styx, a river, according to the ancient myth, flowing around the lower world, the waters of which were used as a symbol in the most binding oaths of the gods.
- Hence Infernal; hellish: as, Stygian vapors; a Stygian pool.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to the river Styx; hence, hellish; infernal. See Styx.
- adj. hellish.
- adj. dark and dismal as of the rivers Acheron and Styx in Hades
- From Latin stygius, from Ancient Greek Στύγιος (Stugios, "relating to Styx"), from Στύξ (Stux, "Styx, chief river of underworld"). (Wiktionary)
- From Latin Stygius, from Greek Stugios, from Stux, Stug-, Styx. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Entrances and exits were random, James F. Ingalls's lighting was mostly stygian and occasionally lurid, and several important interactions were staged entirely out of the light.”
“I leap from the side of the bridge down toward the stygian water, which hurtles up to meet me.”
“Voters, especially Republican voters, need to take note that many of your politicians have crossed the stygian River Batshit.”
“Soon the abyss, and the strange denizens that inhabit its stygian depths, will be filled with packs of tiny submarines piloted by hedge-fund managers and venture capitalists.”
“The production has its strengths – its stygian atmosphere, dispelled by pools of light; Cracknell's ability to marshal intense performances from her six-strong cast.”
“Sometimes, though, it's best simply to sit back and enjoy 99 minutes of stygian menace, grotesque humour and the coolest soundtrack in Hollywood history.”
“The third stygian, who had entered while Conan was occupied, rose up, a brass dagger dripping with blood in each hand.”
“I was born in the frozen wastelands of Cimmeria, in the stygian darkness of the Hyborian Age, between the sinking of Atlantis and the beginning of recorded history.”
“And later still, when ordinary life has permanently locked its lock, our dreams are full of fascinating trips through stygian regions where other people like the ones we know are crucified or slowly roasted on the shores of heaving rivers while we glide cautiously past in makeshift boats paddled by guides who say,”
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