Definition of Augean

1. Adjective. Extremely filthy from long neglect.

Similar to: Dirty, Soiled, Unclean
Derivative terms: Augeas



Definition of Augean

1. a. Of or pertaining to Augeus, king of Elis, whose stable contained 3000 oxen, and had not been cleaned for 30 years. Hercules cleansed it in a single day.

Definition of Augean

1. Adjective. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Augeas. ¹

2. Adjective. ''Hence,'' very filthy. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Augean

1. 1. Of or pertaining to Augeus, king of Elis, whose stable contained 3000 oxen, and had not been cleaned for 30 years. Hercules cleansed it in a single day. 2. Hence: Exceedingly filthy or corrupt. Augean stable (Fig), an accumulation of corruption or filth almost beyond the power of man to remedy. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Augean

auditory tube
auditory vertigo
auditour
auditress
auditresses
audits
auditual
aue
auf
auf wiedersehen
aufeis
aufgabe
aufgabes
aufs
augean (current term)
augelite
augelites
augend
augends
auger
augered
augering
augers
auget
aught
aughts
augite
augites
augitic

Literary usage of Augean

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1. Punch by Mark Lemon, Henry Mayhew, Tom Taylor, Shirley Brooks, Francis Cowley Burnand, Owen Seaman (1888)
"HERCULES IN THE augean STABLE. GOOD luck to you, Hercules ! Ply the Козе steadily'; Water enough you will need for this task. All men of honour will hack ..."

2. Archibald Constable and His Literary Correspondents: A Memorial by Thomas Constable (1873)
"Mr. John Ballantyne—Letters on the History of Scotland—Harold the Dauntless—Rob Roy—Clearance of " the augean Stable"—Second Series of Tales of My Landlord, ..."

3. Two years in Peru, with exploration of its antiquities by Thomas Joseph Hutchinson (1873)
"augean stable of error and falsehood..—Ethnology yet to be written.—Archaeology of Peru.-—Beginning made by La Republica of Lima.—Still ringing the changes ..."

4. Gods and Heroes, Or, The Kingdom of Jupiter by Robert Edward Francillon (1894)
"—HIS FIFTH LABOR: THE augean STABLE. rI THE next labor which Eurystheus laid upon Her- cules was to clean out a stable. ..."

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