Definition of Chthonic

1. Adjective. Dwelling beneath the surface of the earth. "Nether regions"

Exact synonyms: Chthonian, Nether
Similar to: Infernal



Definition of Chthonic

1. a. Pertaining to the earth; earthy; as, chthonic religions.

Definition of Chthonic

1. Adjective. Dwelling within or under the earth. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Chthonic

1. pertaining to the gods of the underworld [adj]

Chthonic Pictures

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Chthonic

chrysoprase
chrysoprases
chrysoprasus
chrysosporium
chrysostomic
chrysotherapy
chrysotile
chrysotiles
chrysotype
chrysotypes
chrystal
chrystals
chthonian
chthonians
chthonic (current term)
chthonic law
chthononosology
chthonophagia
chthonophagy
chu-ko-nu
chub
chub mackerel
chub up
chuba
chubas
chubasco
chubascos
chubb
chubbed

Literary usage of Chthonic

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1. The Mythology of All Races by John Arnott MacCulloch, Louis Herbert Gray, George Foot Moore, Alice Werner (1916)
"Zeus as a chthonic Divinity. — The few instances where Zeus appears as a chthonic divinity, or deity of the underworld, were probably the result of a ..."

2. Greek and Roman [mythology] by William Sherwood Fox (1916)
"Zeus as a chthonic Divinity. — The few instances where Zeus appears as a chthonic divinity, or deity of the underworld, were probably the result of a ..."

3. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"... while the sacrifice is the pig (offered to the chthonic deities, not to those of the heavens, as was Zeus), and the seated deity is identified with Zeus ..."

4. The Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore: Terracotta Figurines of the Classical by Gloria S. Merker (2000)
"The chthonic association of Artemis with Hekate could also have been a factor. She may have been more prominent after the rebuilding of the sanctuary in ..."

5. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"And the chthonic religions were themselves in their origin an innovation upon animal worship, which corresponded to the rise of Totemism (M'Lennan, ..."

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