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1. Greek Mythology The abysmal regions below Hades where the Titans were confined.
2. An infernal region; hell.

[Latin, from Greek Tartaros.]

Tar·tar′e·an (-târ′ē-ən) adj.


(tɑːˈtɛərɪən; -ˈtɑːrɪ-)
(Classical Myth & Legend) literary of or relating to Tartarus; infernal


(tɑrˈtɛər i ən)

of or pertaining to Tartarus; infernal.
[1615–25; < Latin Tartare(us) of Tartarus (see -eous) + -an1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.Tartarean - of or relating to or characteristic of Hades or Tartarus
infernal - being of the underworld; "infernal regions"
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Standing on this were the Tartarean shapes of the pagan harpooneers, always the whale-ship's stokers.
no, let us rather choose Arm'd with Hell flames and fury all at once O're Heav'ns high Towrs to force resistless way, Turning our Tortures into horrid Arms Against the Torturer; when to meet the noise Of his Almighty Engin he shall hear Infernal Thunder, and for Lightning see Black fire and horror shot with equal rage Among his Angels; and his Throne it self Mixt with TARTAREAN Sulphur, and strange fire, His own invented Torments.
He could not but wish that Dorothea should think him not less happy than the world would expect her successful suitor to be; and in relation to his authorship he leaned on her young trust and veneration, he liked to draw forth her fresh interest in listening, as a means of encouragement to himself: in talking to her he presented all his performance and intention with the reflected confidence of the pedagogue, and rid himself for the time of that chilling ideal audience which crowded his laborious uncreative hours with the vaporous pressure of Tartarean shades.