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[si-meer-ee-uh n] /sɪˈmɪər i ən/
Classical Mythology. of, relating to, or suggestive of a western people believed to dwell in perpetual darkness.
very dark; gloomy:
deep, Cimmerian caverns.
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Cimmerianism, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Cimmerian
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  • There was something about the confidence in the Cimmerian's dark face that shook him.

    A Witch Shall Be Born Robert E. Howard
  • In a valley among the black Cimmerian mountains the death-god Somnus had his abode.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • They cross the sea to the Cimmerian land; and Ulysses summons the shades from Tartarus.

  • The tall Cimmerian was forced to bend his head as he stood up.

    Jewels of Gwahlur Robert E. Howard
  • Sergius was giving back; only his superlative skill had saved him thus far from the blinding speed of the Cimmerian's onslaught.

    Shadows in the Moonlight Robert E. Howard
  • The possibility that he might be following a will-o'-the-wisp infuriated the Cimmerian.

    Jewels of Gwahlur Robert E. Howard
  • Each man clung to the golden thread as they saw the Cimmerian do.

  • Personal risks had never yet deterred the Cimmerian from any purpose.

    Jewels of Gwahlur Robert E. Howard
  • But the Cimmerian forgot the stranger as he noticed that the door through which he had emerged still stood open.

    The Hour of the Dragon Robert E. Howard
  • And suiting action to words, he plunged after the Cimmerian.

    Beyond the Black River Robert E. Howard
British Dictionary definitions for Cimmerian


(sometimes not capital) very dark; gloomy
(Greek myth) one of a people who lived in a land of darkness at the edge of the world
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Word Origin and History for Cimmerian

late 16c., "pertaining to the Cimmerii," an ancient nomadic people who, according to Herodotus, inhabited the region around the Crimea, and who, according to Assyrian sources, overran Asia Minor 7c. B.C.E.; from Latin Cimmerius, from Greek Kimmerios. Homer described their land as a place of perpetual mist and darkness beyond the ocean, but whether he had in mind the same people Herodotus did, or any real place, is unclear.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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