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chthonian


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Chthonian  \Chtho"ni*an\,  a.  [Gr.  ?  in  or  under  the  earth,  fr  ?, 
  ?,  earth.] 
  Designating,  or  pertaining  to  gods  or  spirits  of  the 
  underworld;  esp.,  relating  to  the  underworld  gods  of  the 
  Greeks,  whose  worship  is  widely  considered  as  more  primitive 
  in  form  than  that  of  the  Olympian  gods.  The  characteristics 
  of  chthonian  worship  are  propitiatory  and  magical  rites  and 
  generalized  or  euphemistic  names  of  the  deities,  which  are 
  supposed  to  have  been  primarily  ghosts. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  chthonian 
  adj  :  of  the  underworld;  "nether  regions"  [syn:  {chthonic},  {lower}, 
  {nether}] 




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