Styg|i|an

Styg|i|an
Styg|i|an «STIHJ ee uhn», adjective.
1. of or having to do with the river Styx or the lower world.
2. Also, stygian. Figurative. black as the river Styx; rk; gloomy: »

a Stygian sky. Its Stygian blackness prohibits plant life, which depends on sunlight (Scientific American).

4. completely binding; inviolable like the oath by the Styx, which the gods themselves feared to break: »

a Stygian oath.

[< Latin Stygius (< Greek Stýgios < Stýx, Stygós the river Styx) + English -an]

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