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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.]
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(ˈθəʊnɪən) or


(Classical Myth & Legend) of or relating to the underworld
[C19: from Greek khthonios in or under the earth, from khthōn earth]
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chthonic, chthonian

having to do with the underworld.
See also: Earth
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.chthonian - dwelling beneath the surface of the earth; "nether regions"
infernal - being of the underworld; "infernal regions"
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References in periodicals archive ?
"The land constitutes what the Greeks call chthon: the place where humans dwell and create a 'native land' (Heimatland)" (Escudero 29).
[dagger] Come forever, thief; be here, chthonic Zeus with your fine hair; Receivers of this prayer, bring its cause to pass 25 Here, Hades and Chthon, unfailing fire, Helios, you Titan.
The author contrasts Sophocles' uses of natural and divine "earth" (ge or chthon) with the more political "land" (chora), something that allows him to explore a conflict between the realm of the gods and a ruler's confidence in his own power.