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 (thŏn′ĭk) also chtho·ni·an (thō′nē-ən)
adj. Greek Mythology
Of or relating to the underworld.

[From Greek khthonios, of the earth, from khthōn, earth; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈθɒn ɪk)

also chtho•ni•an

(ˈθoʊ ni ən)
of or characteristic of the mythological underworld.
[1880–85; < Greek chthón(ios) beneath the earth (adj. derivative of chthṓn earth) + -ic]

chthonic, chthonian

having to do with the underworld.
See also: Earth
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.chthonic - dwelling beneath the surface of the earth; "nether regions"
infernal - being of the underworld; "infernal regions"
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In the first of two chthonic allusions, Hetty stands in despair at the edge of a pond: "The horror of this cold, and darkness, and solitude--out of all human reach --became greater every long minute.
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Early ethnographers treated Hinenuitepo as a threatening, chthonic death-deity who had lost any claim to benign femininity.
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Such a synthesis would be analogous to the one narrated in the Oresteia by which Athena's "rational" order overtakes the chthonic, irrational order of the past, allowing for the transformation of the Furies into Eumenides.
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but sun-washed, I almost found it easy to ignore what I couldn't tune out: my companions' iPhoned and -Padded news that dinged from far beyond the farthest ridge, bearing chthonic voices insistent as the bolts and distant thunder that were rolling threats across the hollows.
Au premier stade, celle des droits primitifs, dans une societe traditionnelle regie par l'usage et la coutume--ce que le professeur Glenn appelle a chthonic legal tradition (15)--la justice est administree au sein meme de la famille, ou par la communaute immediate, le voisinage, la tribu ou le clan.
Relating to the gods of the underworld (b) chthonic 3.
Thus, though life-giving through their emanations, Nagas are also a chthonic power, whose beneficent qualities are complemented by their capacity to punish--afflictions, floods and droughts result from their displeasure and pain.
Orpheus's chthonic journey was immortalized in Virgil's canonical Georgics and Orpheus was said to have possessed the lyrical prowess to charm all things in the world, including stones.