AskDefine | Define chthonian

Dictionary Definition

chthonian adj : of the underworld; "nether regions" [syn: chthonic, lower, nether]

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English

Etymology

From sc=polytonic, from sc=polytonic.

Pronunciation

  • /ˈθəʊnɪən/, /"ToU.ni.@n/

Adjective

  1. Pertaining to the underworld; being beneath the earth.
    • 1955: ...I intend to apply the name chthonian to all gods and spirits of the earth, whether their functions are concerned with agriculture or with the grave and the world beyond, or (as often) with both. — W.K.C. Guthrie, The Greeks and Their Gods (Beacon Press 1955, p. 219)

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Extensive Definition

Chthon may mean:
Chthon may also mean:
See also: Autochthon
chthonian in Russian: Хтон

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