Cerberus


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Cer·ber·us

 (sûr′bər-əs)
n. Greek & Roman Mythology
A three-headed dog guarding the entrance to Hades.

Cer′ber·e′an (sûr′bə-rē′ən) adj.

Cerberus

(ˈsɜːbərəs)
n
1. (Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a dog, usually represented as having three heads, that guarded the entrance to Hades
2. a sop to Cerberus a bribe or something given to propitiate a potential source of danger or problems
Cerberean adj

Cer•ber•us

(ˈsɜr bər əs)

n.
a three-headed dog of Greek myth guarding the entrance to the underworld.
Cer•be•re•an (sərˈbɪər i ən) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Cerberus - (Greek mythology) the three-headed dog guarding the entrance to HadesCerberus - (Greek mythology) the three-headed dog guarding the entrance to Hades; son of Typhon
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
mythical creature, mythical monster - a monster renowned in folklore and myth
Translations

Cerberus

[ˈsɜːbərəs] nCerbero
References in classic literature ?
The porter in his lodge answers exactly to Cerberus in his den, and, like him, must be appeased by a sop before access can be gained to his master.
The elevator whisked me into the sky, and Cerberus, in the guise of an anaemic office boy, guarded the door.
And while the three-headed Cerberus was fawning so lovingly on King Pluto, there was the dragon tail wagging against its will, and looking as cross and ill-natured as you can imagine, on its own separate account.
Cerberus is known to have had three heads, and some of the
Thank you, friend Cerberus," said the prisoner; "you are just in time; I am very hungry.
But he did not meet that exalted personage, thanks to a Cerberus of an office boy, of tender years and red hair, who guarded the portals.
It must have been deserted by its usual Cerberus, for Mme.
So she conceived and brought forth fierce offspring; first she bare Orthus the hound of Geryones, and then again she bare a second, a monster not to be overcome and that may not be described, Cerberus who eats raw flesh, the brazen-voiced hound of Hades, fifty-headed, relentless and strong.
For my own part, I was never so effectually deterred from frequenting a man's house, by any kind of Cerberus whatever, as by the parade one made about dining me, which I took to be a very polite and roundabout hint never to trouble him so again.
Perceiving the necessity of doing something to disarm this female Cerberus, before his own purpose could be accomplished, the Doctor, reluctant as he was to encounter her tongue, found himself compelled to invite a colloquial communication.
There was the soul of Cratinus - passable: Aristophanes - racy: Plato exquisite not your Plato, but Plato the comic poet; your Plato would have turned the stomach of Cerberus - faugh
An ideal image of the soul, like the composite creations of ancient mythology, such as the Chimera or Scylla or Cerberus, and there are many others in which two or more different natures are said to grow into one.