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Augean

[aw-jee-uh n] /ɔˈdʒi ən/
adjective
1.
resembling the Augean stables in filthiness or degradation.
2.
difficult and unpleasant:
an Augean chore.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin Augē(us) of Augeas (Greek Augeí(ās) + -us adj. suffix) + -an
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Augean

/ɔːˈdʒiːən/
adjective
1.
extremely dirty or corrupt
Word Origin
C16: after Augeas; see Augean stables
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Word Origin and History for Augean
adj.

"filthy," 1590s, in reference to Augean stable, the cleansing of which was one of the labors of Herakles, from Greek 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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