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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [thoh-nee-uh n]
    • /ˈθoʊ ni ən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [thoh-nee-uh n]
    • /ˈθoʊ ni ən/

Definitions of chthonian word

  • adjective chthonian of or relating to the underworld 3
  • adjective chthonian designating or of the underworld of the dead and its gods or spirits 3
  • adjective chthonian of or relating to the deities, spirits, and other beings dwelling under the earth. 1
  • noun chthonian Pertaining to the underworld; being beneath the earth. 1

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Origin of chthonian

First appearance:

before 1840
One of the 33% newest English words
1840-50; < Greek chthóni(os) (chthon-, stem of chthṓn earth + -ios adj. suffix) + -an; akin to Latin humus earth (see humus)

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Parts of speech for Chthonian


chthonian popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 61% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 59% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

chthonian usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for chthonian

adj chthonian

  • demonic — Demonic means coming from or belonging to a demon or being like a demon.
  • malevolent — wishing evil or harm to another or others; showing ill will; ill-disposed; malicious: His failures made him malevolent toward those who were successful.
  • hellish — of, like, or suitable to hell; infernal; vile; horrible: It was a hellish war.
  • devilish — A devilish idea or action is cruel or unpleasant.
  • wicked — evil or morally bad in principle or practice; sinful; iniquitous: wicked people; wicked habits.

Antonyms for chthonian

adj chthonian

  • angelic — You can describe someone as angelic if they are, or seem to be, very good, kind, and gentle.
  • godlike — like or befitting God or a god; divine.
  • moral — of, relating to, or concerned with the principles or rules of right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong; ethical: moral attitudes.
  • heavenly — of or in the heavens: the heavenly bodies.
  • otherworldly — of, relating to, or devoted to another world, as the world of imagination or the world to come.

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