Thursday, August 28, 2008

chthonic: Dictionary.com Word of the Day

Dictionary.comDictionary.com Word of the Day

You told us you wanted more and here it is!
FREE audio pronunciation!
FREE illustrations!
Click here to experience an even better Dictionary.com!

ADVERTISEMENT

Word of the Day for Thursday, August 28, 2008

chthonic \THONE-ik\, adjective:

Dwelling in or under the earth; also, pertaining to the underworld

"Driven by dæmonic, chthonic Powers."
-- T.S. Eliot
"The chthonic divinity was essentially a god of the regions under the earth; at first of the dark home of the seed, later on of the still darker home of the dead."
-- C. F. Keary
"The chthonic imagery of Norine's apartment, which..was black as a coalhole and heated by the furnace of the hostess' unslaked desires."
-- M. McCarthy
"Two great and contrasted forms of ritual: the Olympian and the Chthonic, the one a ritual of cheerful character, the other a ritual of gloom, and fostering superstition."

Chthonic comes from khthón, the Greek word for earth.

Dictionary.com Entry and Pronunciation for chthonic


You told us you wanted more and here it is!
FREE audio pronunciation!
FREE illustrations!
Click here to experience an even better Dictionary.com!


ADVERTISEMENT

Dictionary.com Word of the Day
http://www.dictionary.com/wordoftheday/
You are currently subscribed to
Dictionary.com Word of the Day
as: mayorjfvalley@gmail.com
To unsubscribe via email,
send a blank message to:
leave-13091186-6044678G@lists.lexico.com
To subscribe to Word of the Day by email,
please send a blank message to:
join-wordoftheday@lists.lexico.com
©2008 by Lexico Publishing Group, LLC.
65 Pine Ave, #319
Long Beach, CA 90802
Subscriptions to The Word of the Day
can be turned on and off via the Web at
http://www.dictionary.com/wordoftheday/list/
Tell a friend about The Word of the Day!

No comments: