Definition of chthonic in English:


Syllabification: chthon·ic
Pronunciation: /ˈTHänik
(also chthonian /ˈTHōnēən/)


  • Concerning, belonging to, or inhabiting the underworld: a chthonic deity
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    • For Apollo presents life in a way that is tolerable, through exclusion of the chthonic depths; while Dionysus ignores nothing, forcing us to face the fundamental terrors of existence.
    • In all their dark glamor, they evoke the global workings of industry, awful and chthonic.
    • It is here that all the real drama of the Great Feud takes place, as in the chthonic struggles of old.


late 19th century: from Greek khthōn 'earth' + -ic.

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