Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Gloomy and dark.
  • adjective Infernal; hellish.
  • adjective Of or relating to the river Styx.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to the river Styx; hence, hellish; infernal. See Styx.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Dark and gloomy.
  • adjective Infernal or hellish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective hellish
  • adjective dark and dismal as of the rivers Acheron and Styx in Hades

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Latin Stygius, from Greek Stugios, from Stux, Stug-, Styx.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin stygius, from Ancient Greek Στύγιος (Stugios, "relating to Styx"), from Στύξ (Stux, "Styx, chief river of underworld").

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  • "Dark and dismal as of the rivers Acheron and Styx in Hades. Hellish"

    August 13, 2007