from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology The abysmal regions below Hades where the Titans were confined.
  • n. An infernal region; hell.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. a dark and gloomy part of the realm of Hades, reserved for the damned, the wicked, such as the Titans, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. The infernal regions, described in the Iliad as situated as far below Hades as heaven is above the earth, and by later writers as the place of punishment for the spirits of the wicked. By the later poets, also, the name is often used synonymously with Hades, or the Lower World in general.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A deep and sunless abyss, according to Home and the earlier Greek mythology as far below Hades as earth is below heaven.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a place where the wicked are punished after death


Latin, from Greek Tartaros.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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