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Cimmerian

[si-meer-ee-uh n] /sɪˈmɪər i ən/
adjective
1.
Classical Mythology. of, pertaining to, or suggestive of a western people believed to dwell in perpetual darkness.
2.
very dark; gloomy:
deep, Cimmerian caverns.
Related forms
Cimmerianism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for cimmerianism

Cimmerian

/sɪˈmɪərɪən/
adjective
1.
(sometimes not capital) very dark; gloomy
noun
2.
(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 cimmerianism

Cimmerian

adj.

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.

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