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 (ăt′rə-pŏs′, -pəs)
n. Greek Mythology
One of the three Fates, the cutter of the thread of destiny.

[Greek, from atropos, inexorable : a-, not; see a-1 + tropos, changeable; see -tropous.]


(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth the one of the three Fates who severs the thread of life
[Greek, from atropos that may not be turned, from a-1 + -tropos from trepein to turn]


(ˈæ trəˌpɒs)

the Fate who cuts the thread of life.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Atropos - the Greek goddess of fate who cuts the thread of lifeAtropos - the Greek goddess of fate who cuts the thread of life
Moirae, Moirai - any of the three Greek goddesses of fate or destiny; identified with the Roman Parcae and similar to the Norse Norns
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Van Helsing nodded to him as he whispered to me unconsciously, "The Acherontia Atropos of the Sphinges, what you call the `Death's-head Moth'?
Also she bare the Destinies and ruthless avenging Fates, Clotho and Lachesis and Atropos (10), who give men at their birth both evil and good to have, and they pursue the transgressions of men and of gods: and these goddesses never cease from their dread anger until they punish the sinner with a sore penalty.
We have constructed a fate, an Atropos, that never turns aside.
The eight together form one harmony; and round about, at equal intervals, there is another band, three in number, each sitting upon her throne: these are the Fates, daughters of Necessity, who are clothed in white robes and have chaplets upon their heads, Lachesis and Clotho and Atropos, who accompany with their voices the harmony of the sirens-- Lachesis singing of the past, Clotho of the present, Atropos of the future; Clotho from time to time assisting with a touch of her right hand the revolution of the outer circle of the whorl or spindle, and Atropos with her left hand touching and guiding the inner ones, and Lachesis laying hold of either in turn, first with one hand and then with the other.
It is just one of a number of exotic moths which people may spot during "moth night" celebrations over the next few nights, which organisers Atropos and Butterfly Conservation hope will help build a better picture of moth migration in the UK.
Chrysops divisus Walker, 1848 Florida Record: Walker 1848 Synonymy: Chrysops atropos Osten Sacken, 1875
In March 2007, pirates armed with machine guns boarded Atropos, which was under way forty nautical miles off Sierra Leone.
The dhow was suspected to have served as a rear base for the pirates, who launched a failed bid to take over the Nave Atropos, an oil tanker sailing under a flag from the Marshall Islands.
Moth Night, which started last night and continues until tomorrow, is organised by Butterfly Conservation and journal Atropos, and will include a series of daytime searches and nighttime moth recording across the UK.
The release said that the headquarters of EU Naval Force Atalanta on the LPD Siroco was alerted, via the global maritime information exchange network, of the attack of an oil tanker, the Nave Atropos, sailing under the Marshall Islands flag.
and Europe, in collateralized quota shares and the Atlas X sidecar, for which we get a commission," Kessler said "In addition, with Atropos we manage third-party capital for a fee.
Scholar Francis Warner finds Moore's choice of subject suitable: "Every one of us knew that, with each present raid, the length of our lives was being measured, and no one could know whose thread of life Atropos would have severed by morning.