from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Exceedingly filthy from long neglect.
- adj. Requiring heroic efforts of cleaning or correction: the Augean task of reforming the bureaucracy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Augeas.
- adj. Hence, very filthy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to Augeus, king of Elis, whose stable contained 3000 oxen, and had not been cleaned for 30 years. Hercules cleansed it in a single day.
- adj. Hence: Exceedingly filthy or corrupt.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to Augeas or Augeias, one of the Argonauts, and afterward king of Elis, or resembling his stables; hence, very filthy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. extremely filthy from long neglect
I mean, as regards what he called his Augean stables task? "
The word "Augean" is sometimes used by itself, too -- it has come to mean "extremely difficult and usually distasteful."
You know, new broom sweeping clean, cleaning out the Augean stables, generally showing those people in Washington who was who and what was what - and how there was going to be a new boss, with new rules and expectations on behavior.
Much like the Augean stables of old, however, there always seems to be more work for us to do in this regard.
The dual Augean tasks these conditions must accomplish will be to discourage perpetrators from domestic abuse and encourage victims to report assaults by shifting social and cultural norms.
But when summoned to be a nettoyeur of Augean stables, he metes out justice like a Hollywood vigilante.
After the debacle of the 2007 World Cup, he gave way to Gatland, another New Zealander, who was allowed to cleanse the Augean stables.
Maybe Augean stables? what other organisation in the world today uncompromisingly argues for the value and valuing of all human life, and opposes the Culture of Death?
This was a historic and necessary cleansing of the Augean stables of the American economy.
So one might think that our PM would be so jolly well ticked off at the lower orders listening in that he would not only dissociate himself from the lot of them, but also unequivocally call for the Murdochs to clean up their particular Augean stables on pain of, well, not allowing them anywhere near the part of BSkyB that they do not already control.