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1. Exceedingly filthy from long neglect.
2. Requiring heroic efforts of cleaning or correction: the Augean task of reforming the bureaucracy.

[After Augeas, , legendary Greek king who did not clean his stable for thirty years.]


extremely dirty or corrupt
[C16: after Augeas; see Augean stables]


(ɔˈdʒi ən)

1. resembling the Augean stables; filthy; rotten.
2. difficult and unpleasant: an Augean chore.
[1590–1600; < Latin Augē(us) of Augeas (< Greek Augeíās) + -an1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.Augean - extremely filthy from long neglect
dirty, soiled, unclean - soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime; "dirty unswept sidewalks"; "a child in dirty overalls"; "dirty slums"; "piles of dirty dishes"; "put his dirty feet on the clean sheet"; "wore an unclean shirt"; "mining is a dirty job"; "Cinderella did the dirty work while her sisters preened themselves"
References in classic literature ?
How many a poor immortal soul have I met well-nigh crushed and smothered under its load, creeping down the road of life, pushing before it a barn seventy-five feet by forty, its Augean stables never cleansed, and one hundred acres of land, tillage, mowing, pasture, and woodlot
A thorough clean-out of the Augean stables is desperately needed.
Cleansing Pakistan of terrorism is like cleaning the Augean stable, but possible with real spirit and true intent.
His type of clannishness and cronyism has never before been witnessed in this country and for a government on a self-appointed mission of cleansing the country's Augean stable, the humongous corruption among his close circles beggars belief.
Whether the Loya Jirga, which is a representative body of all segments of society, including various communities and ethnicities, could cleanse the proverbial Augean stables of Afghanistan is a debatable question but convening the Jirga should not be a problem for President Ashraf Ghani.
In a reference to the mythical tasks of Hercules, she said: "When we look at some of the house-clearing that is going to happen, are we going to say we don't need some pretty big shovels for the Augean stable?
The calling of the outsider to cleanse the Augean stables possesses a mythic quality.
It might have been easier for Hercules to clean up the Augean stables.
So, does this all mean that the Augean stables have been cleansed?
Mr Laker joins Utilitywise from Augean plc where he helped oversee the implementation of a new strategy that delivered double-digit annual growth in profit.
It is worth mentioning that all the new DCOs after resuming the charges had issued such instructions to the head of departments and boasted to clear Augean Stable which has never been cleared.