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Gorgon

Syllabification: Gor·gon
Pronunciation: /ˈɡôrɡən
 
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(also gorgon)

Definition of Gorgon in English:

noun

Greek Mythology
1Each of three sisters, Stheno, Euryale, and Medusa, with snakes for hair, who had the power to turn anyone who looked at them to stone.
Example sentences
  • He goes on a quest to kill the gorgon Medusa and is helped by Hermes and Aphrodite.
  • Soon the holy image of the gorgon Medusa as an ancient symbol of female power and wisdom became totally unacceptable.
  • The gorgons were three sisters, only one of whom, Medusa, was mortal.
1.1A fierce, frightening, or repulsive woman.
Example sentences
  • In fact, she was a wonderful contrast to some of the archive gorgons we had encountered over the years in military and political archives.
  • I drink expensive drinks, eat at chi-chi over-priced LES restaurants, shop like a gorgon from hell on a day-pass, and hell, I SMOKE.
  • Politically loathsome as the character may be, the actress found herself inventing dialogue to humanise the gorgon.

Origin

via Latin from Greek Gorgō, from gorgos 'terrible'.

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