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.

Syn: chthonic, lower, nether. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • chthonian — chtho·ni·an …   English syllables

  • chthonian — /ˈθoʊniən/ (say thohneeuhn) adjective dwelling in the earth; relating to the deities or spirits of the underworld. Also, chthonic. {Greek chthonios in the earth + an} …   Australian English dictionary

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