Definitions for chthonicˈθɒn ɪk; ˈθoʊ ni ən
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
chthon•icˈθɒn ɪk; ˈθoʊ ni ən(adj.)
of or characteristic of the mythological underworld.
Origin of chthonic:
1880–85; < Gk chthón(ios) beneath the earth (adj. der. of chthṓn earth) + -ic
chthonian, chthonic, nether(adj)
dwelling beneath the surface of the earth
Dwelling within or under the earth.
The young pantheon had remanded their elders to the role of smouldering, chthonic gods; to inhabiting dark, deep places, hidden from mortal eyes and influence.
Origin: From χθών.
pertaining to the earth; earthy; as, chthonic religions
Chthonic designates, or pertains to, deities or spirits of the underworld, especially in relation to Greek religion. The Greek word khthon is one of several for "earth"; it typically refers to the interior of the soil, rather than the living surface of the land or the land as territory. It evokes at once abundance and the grave. The pronunciation is somewhat awkward for English speakers. Most dictionaries, such as the OED, state that the first two letters should be pronounced as, others, such as the AHD, record these letters as silent. The modern pronunciation of the Greek word "χθόνιος" is, although the Classical Greek pronunciation would have been something similar to.
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