Augean

Augean

[aw-jee-uhn]
adjective
1.
resembling the Augean stables in filthiness or degradation.
2.
difficult and unpleasant: an Augean chore.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Latin Augē(us) of Augeas (Greek Augeí(ās) + -us adj. suffix) + -an

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Augean (ɔːˈdʒiːən)
 
adj
extremely dirty or corrupt
 
[C16: after Augeas; see Augean stables]

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Augean
"filthy," 1590s, in ref. to Augean stable, the cleansing of which was one of the labors of Herakles, from Gk. Augeias, like the stable of Augeas, king of Elis, which contained 3,000 oxen and had gone uncleansed for 30 years. Herakles purified it in one day by turning the river Alpheus through it.
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