Charybdis


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Cha·ryb·dis

 (kə-rĭb′dĭs)
n. Greek Mythology
A whirlpool off the Sicilian coast, opposite the cave of Scylla.

Charybdis

(kəˈrɪbdɪs)
n
(Classical Myth & Legend) a ship-devouring monster in classical mythology, identified with a whirlpool off the north coast of Sicily, lying opposite Scylla on the Italian coast. Compare Scylla
Chaˈrybdian adj

Cha•ryb•dis

(kəˈrɪb dɪs)

n.
1. a whirlpool in the Strait of Messina off the NE coast of Sicily.
2. a daughter of Gaea and Poseidon who was turned into a monster. Compare Scylla (def. 2).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Charybdis - (Greek mythology) a ship-devouring whirlpool lying on the other side of a narrow strait from Scylla
maelstrom, whirlpool, vortex - a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides)
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
Translations

Charybdis

nCharybdis f

Charybdis

[kəˈrɪbdɪs] nCariddi f
References in classic literature ?
THE SIRENS, SCYLLA AND CHARYBDIS, THE CATTLE OF THE SUN.
A large fig tree in full leaf {101} grows upon it], and under it lies the sucking whirlpool of Charybdis.
Is there no way,' said I, 'of escaping Charybdis, and at the same time keeping Scylla off when she is trying to harm my men?
Then we entered the Straits in great fear of mind, for on the one hand was Scylla, and on the other dread Charybdis kept sucking up the salt water.
When we had passed the [Wandering] rocks, with Scylla and terrible Charybdis, we reached the noble island of the sun-god, where were the goodly cattle and sheep belonging to the sun Hyperion.
The gale from the West had now spent its force, and the wind got into the South again, which frightened me lest I should be taken back to the terrible whirlpool of Charybdis.
The reader can form an idea of the numberless embarrassments which this double relationship had caused him, and of all the temporal reefs among which his spiritual bark had been forced to tack, in order not to suffer shipwreck on either Louis or Charles, that Scylla and that Charybdis which had devoured the Duc de Nemours and the Constable de Saint-Pol.
They were always fight--I mean, father had--that is, I mean, WE had more trouble keeping peace between them than we did between any of the rest of the Aiders," corrected Pollyanna, a little breathless from her efforts to steer between the Scylla of her father's past commands in regard to speaking of church quarrels, and the Charybdis of her aunt's present commands in regard to speaking of her father.
He ceas'd; and SATAN staid not to reply, But glad that now his Sea should find a shore, With fresh alacritie and force renew'd Springs upward like a Pyramid of fire Into the wilde expanse, and through the shock Of fighting Elements, on all sides round Environ'd wins his way; harder beset And more endanger'd, then when ARGO pass'd Through BOSPORUS betwixt the justling Rocks: Or when ULYSSES on the Larbord shunnd CHARYBDIS, and by th' other whirlpool steard.
The small matter which I have chronicled under the heading of "A Study in Scarlet," and that other later one connected with the loss of the Gloria Scott, may serve as examples of this Scylla and Charybdis which are forever threatening the historian.
It made me quite faint to feel that we might escape the Scylla of our present peril and yet split on the Charybdis of circumstantial evidence.
are given the unenviable choice between the Scylla of confessing themselves fools and the Charybdis of earning their livings as knavishly as any painter of new Old Masters'.