Definition of Scylla in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsilə/
Greek Mythology
A female sea monster who devoured sailors when they tried to navigate the narrow channel between her cave and the whirlpool Charybdis. In later legend Scylla was a dangerous rock, located on the Italian side of the Strait of Messina.


between Scylla and Charybdis

Pronunciation: /kəˈribdis/
Used to refer to a situation involving two dangers in which an attempt to avoid one increases the risk from the other.
Example sentences
  • Sceptics about musical meaning tend to regard these alternatives under the sign of Scylla and Charybdis, as formidable dangers nearly impossible to avoid.
  • With software that asked voters to confirm their choices, the new machinery, it was thought, would avoid the Scylla and Charybdis of over-votes and under-votes.
  • So most US voters think things are going really well, when in fact the CPA is piloting between Scylla and Charybdis.

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Syllabification: Scyl·la

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