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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 chthonic word

  • abbreviation CHTHONIC chthonian 3
  • adjective chthonic dark, primitive, and mysterious 3
  • adjective chthonic of or relating to the deities, spirits, and other beings dwelling under the earth. 1
  • noun chthonic Concerning, belonging to, or inhabiting the underworld. 1
  • adjective chthonic Dwelling within or under the earth. 0

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Origin of chthonic

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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chthonic 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.
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Synonyms for chthonic

adj chthonic

  • primitive — being the first or earliest of the kind or in existence, especially in an early age of the world: primitive forms of life.
  • homegrown — grown or produced at home or in a particular region for local consumption: homegrown tomatoes.
  • domestic — of or relating to the home, the household, household affairs, or the family: domestic pleasures.
  • aboriginal — An Aboriginal is an Australian Aborigine.
  • autochthonous — (of rocks, deposits, etc) found where they and their constituents were formed

adjective chthonic

  • inborn — naturally present at birth; innate.
  • native — being the place or environment in which a person was born or a thing came into being: one's native land.

Antonyms for chthonic

adj chthonic

  • alien — Alien means belonging to a different country, race, or group, usually one you do not like or are frightened of.
  • foreign — of, relating to, or derived from another country or nation; not native: foreign cars.

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