Augean
adjective Etymology: Latin Augeas, king of Elis, from Greek Augeias; from the legend that his stable, left neglected for 30 years, was finally cleaned by Hercules Date: 1599 extremely formidable or difficult and occasionally distasteful <
an Augean task
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  • Augean — Au*ge an, a. 1. (Class. Myth.) Of or pertaining to Augeus, king of Elis, whose stable contained 3000 oxen, and had not been cleaned for 30 years. Hercules cleansed it in a single day. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence: Exceedingly filthy or corrupt. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Augean — filthy, 1590s, in reference to Augean stable, the cleansing of which was one of the labors of Herakles, from Gk. Augeias, like the stable of Augeas, king of Elis, which contained 3,000 oxen and had gone uncleansed for 30 years. Herakles purified… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Augean — [ô jē′ən] adj. [< L Augeas < Gr Augeias] 1. Gr. Legend of Augeas, king of Elis, or his stable, which holds 3,000 oxen and remains uncleaned for 30 years until Hercules, as one of his twelve labors, cleans it in one day by diverting a river… …   English World dictionary

  • Augean — /aw jee euhn/, adj. 1. resembling the Augean stables in filthiness or degradation. 2. difficult and unpleasant: an Augean chore. [1590 1600; < L Auge(us) of AUGEAS (Gk Augeí(as) + us adj. suffix) + AN] * * * …   Universalium

  • Augean — Au•ge•an [[t]ɔˈdʒi ən[/t]] adj. 1) resembling the Augean stables; filthy; rotten 2) difficult and unpleasant: an Augean chore[/ex] • Etymology: 1590–1600; < L Augē(us) of Augeas (< Gk Augeíās) + an I …   From formal English to slang

  • Augean — Au·ge·an || ɔː dʒɪːən adj. (Greek Mythology) filthy, dirty and corrupt (taken from the story of King Augeas dirty stables which had to be cleaned with a river); resembling the Augean stables that were extremely filthy …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Augean — adjective a) Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of . b) Hence, very filthy …   Wiktionary

  • augean — au·ge·an …   English syllables

  • Augean — adj. filthy; extremely dirty. Etymology: L Augeas f. Gk Augeias (in Gk mythology, the owner of stables cleaned by Hercules by diverting a river through them) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Augean stable — Augean Au*ge an, a. 1. (Class. Myth.) Of or pertaining to Augeus, king of Elis, whose stable contained 3000 oxen, and had not been cleaned for 30 years. Hercules cleansed it in a single day. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence: Exceedingly filthy or corrupt …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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