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 (ăk′ə-rŏn′, -rən)
n. Greek Mythology
The river of woe, one of the five rivers of Hades.


1. (Classical Myth & Legend) one of the rivers in Hades over which the souls of the dead were ferried by Charon. Compare Styx
2. (Classical Myth & Legend) the underworld or Hades


(ˈæk əˌrɒn)

a river in the ancient Greek underworld over which Charon ferried the souls of the dead.
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Noun1.Acheron - (Greek mythology) a river in Hades across which the souls of the dead were carried by CharonAcheron - (Greek mythology) a river in Hades across which the souls of the dead were carried by Charon
netherworld, Scheol, underworld, Hades, infernal region, Hell - (religion) the world of the dead; "No one goes to Hades with all his immense wealth"-Theognis
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
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Another part in Squadrons and gross Bands, On bold adventure to discover wide That dismal world, if any Clime perhaps Might yeild them easier habitation, bend Four ways thir flying March, along the Banks Of four infernal Rivers that disgorge Into the burning Lake thir baleful streams; Abhorred STYX the flood of deadly hate, Sad ACHERON of sorrow, black and deep; COCYTUS, nam'd of lamentation loud Heard on the ruful stream; fierce PHLEGETON Whose waves of torrent fire inflame with rage.
You will find it near the place where the rivers Pyriphlegethon and Cocytus (which is a branch of the river Styx) flow into Acheron, and you will see a rock near it, just where the two roaring rivers run into one another.
If the deserted lake with its black woods and gray urns and images looked desolate even by daylight, under the night and the growing storm it seemed still more kke the pool of Acheron in the land of lost souls.
For my panacea, instead of one of those quack vials of a mixture dipped from Acheron and the Dead Sea, which come out of those long shallow black-schooner looking wagons which we sometimes see made to carry bottles, let me have a draught of undiluted morning air.
It was about midnight when we cycled through Kingston to Surbiton, having trundled our machines across Ham Fields, mournful in the mist as those by Acheron, and so over Teddington Bridge.
The reader also gets to wander through several brilliantly constructed realms in Hood's Swan Park from Arcadia to Hades, containing such sights as a "hissing Hydra," a "flame-breathing Chimera," a "hundred-armed Briareus," the river Acheron, and Tisiphone.
The condensation of the action of the poem is exemplified by Dante's elision of the pilgrim's crossing the Acheron (Inf.
He leads the British Naval ship HMS Surprise on a frantic search to capture or wipe out their arch enemies on the French ship Acheron.
But with little to be seen of the enemy on rival French ship Acheron, the mammoth 138-minute movie is good but stretched wafer-thin in places.
When, when, and whenever death closes our apparently Moving naked over Acheron Upon the one raft, victor and conquered together, Marius and Jugurtha together, One tangle of shadows.
The French excelled at naval construction--the Acheron was typical--and British captains were always delighted to take command of a French prize.
Aubrey's orders are to find the faster and better-equipped French warship, the Acheron, and prevent it from planting the seeds of Napoleon's empire in the Pacific.