follow Dictionary.com

Why turkey has the same name as Turkey

Stygian

[stij-ee-uh n] /ˈstɪdʒ i ən/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the river Styx or to Hades.
2.
dark or gloomy.
3.
infernal; hellish.
Also, stygian (for defs 2, 3).
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; < Latin Stygi(us) < Greek Stýgios (Styg-, stem of Stýx Styx + -ios adj. suffix) + -an
Related forms
trans-Stygian, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for Stygian

Stygian

/ˈstɪdʒɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the river Styx
2.
(mainly literary)
  1. dark, gloomy, or hellish
  2. completely inviolable, as a vow sworn by the river Styx
Word Origin
C16: from Latin Stygius, from Greek Stugios, from StuxStyx; related to stugein to hate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for Stygian

"pertaining to Styx or the nether world," 1560s, from Latin Stygius, from Greek Stygios, from Styx (genitive Stygos); see Styx.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for Stygian

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for Stygian

11
12
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with Stygian

Nearby words for stygian