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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 of Augean
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin Augē(us) of Augeas (Greek Augeí(ās) + -us adj. suffix) + -an
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  • However the patriarch and his sons managed to cleanse this worse than Augean stable passes all understanding.

    Bible Romances George W. Foote
  • As well might Hercules have attempted to tidy up the Augean stables with a squirt.

    Diary of a Pilgrimage Jerome K. Jerome
  • His mind was very far from his official duties and the mass of reminders before him—this Augean stable of arrears.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • It is an Augean stable we have to clean, but Hercules was one, and we are many.

  • Dear innocent, wise enthusiast, with her impossible scheme for cleansing the Augean stable of this world!

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • It was the river Alpheus that Hercules turned through the Augean stables.

    Hints to Pilgrims Charles Stephen Brooks
  • Let it first regenerate the "Augean Stable" known to the world as Germany.

    What Germany Thinks Thomas F. A. Smith
  • There are Augean stables enough and to spare for us to clean.

    Freedom's Battle Mahatma Gandhi
British Dictionary definitions for Augean

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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