Cerberus

Definitions

  • The Sibyl gives Cerberus a cake to make him sleep
    The Sibyl gives Cerberus a cake to make him sleep
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Cerberus (Greek mythology) the three-headed dog guarding the entrance to Hades; son of Typhon
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cerberus (Zoöl) A genus of East Indian serpents, allied to the pythons; the bokadam.
    • Cerberus (Class. Myth) A monster, in the shape of a three-headed dog, guarding the entrance into the infernal regions, Hence: Any vigilant custodian or guardian, esp. if surly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Cerberus In class. myth., the watch-dog of the infernal regions, the offspring of the giant Typhaon and the serpent-woman Echidna. He is usually represented with three heads, with the tail of a serpent, and with serpents round his neck.
    • n Cerberus In herpetology, a genus of East Indian serpents, related to the pythons, having the head entirely covered with small scales.
    • n Cerberus A constellation of Hevelius, formed out of four small stars of the constellation Hercules, and now obsolete.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cerberus ser′bėr-us (myth.) the monster that guarded the entrance to Hades, a dog with three, according to some a hundred, heads
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Cerberus (in sense 1), gr.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.—Gr. Kerberos.

Usage

In literature:

As a sop to Cerberus, the King promised thenceforth to abide by the advice of his native nobility, and the subsidy was voted.
"Earl Hubert's Daughter" by Emily Sarah Holt
He was to bring forth from Hades Cerberus, the dog of Hell.
"Famous Tales of Fact and Fancy" by Various
There were Cerberus and the others, and flitting visions of them passed through his mind now.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The "Dragon's nest" (line 7) is the ancient city of Jaen, which guards the skirts of the Sierras "like a watchful Cerberus.
"The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 2" by George Gordon Byron
This is the Cerberus with three heads we combat without ceasing.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VIII (of X) - Continental Europe II." by Various
The effect was wonderful, and the reign of Cerberus ceased in the land.
"Heads and Tales" by Various
Now that she had conquered that most savage Cerberus, all would be pleasant with her.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
The Cerberus was sent to refit at Portsmouth, and on her way thither she captured a gun-boat.
"Memoirs and Correspondence of Admiral Lord de Saumarez. Vol II" by Sir John Ross
Cerberus now beckoned me to accompany him amongst the bells, and showed me the machinery that sets this great marvel of sound in motion.
"Vanished towers and chimes of Flanders" by George Wharton Edwards
Rosina rang the gate-bell, and the old braided Cerberus admitted them grumblingly.
"Olive in Italy" by Moray Dalton
Farther up, towards Lechmere's Point, were the Glasgow, Cerberus, and Symetry.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
For some time, however, this military Cerberus found no object of suspicion in any of the passers-by.
"Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 366, April, 1846" by Various
Cerberus opened it, and a cry of joy ran through the prison.
"Bunyan" by James Anthony Froude
I don't know anybody else who can be, 'like Cerberus, three gentlemen at once.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
I certainly felt somewhat uncomfortable in this situation, and I thought of Cerberus on the other side of the Styx ferry.
"Wanderings in South America" by Charles Waterton
Perhaps the gruff Cerberus behind the window sympathized with her.
"The Bartlett Mystery" by Louis Tracy
Yes, there was the raging Cerberus Gratarol, accompanied by the gentle lamb Maffei!
"The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi" by Count Carlo Gozzi
Of course the General inflicted a severe punishment upon us, and also upon the offending Cerberus.
"John Bull, Junior" by Max O'Rell
They knew that something had to be done, so to speak, to throw a sop to Cerberus.
"Cuba" by Arthur D. Hall
This was, I judged, a sop for me, as Cerberus.
"The Lightning Conductor" by C. N. Williamson
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In poetry:

"Than ever to disfigure thus
Our prairie garden-land,
Let me consort with Cerberus,
Be chained to crags precipitous,
Or seek an alien strand."
"Improvement." by Hattie Howard
Zijn zuster, 't vloekbaar beeld des Nijds,
Wien Cerberus aan d' afgrond teelde,
Nam tandenknarsend list bij list
Te baat tot storing hunner weelde.
"Edward En Emma" by Jan Jakob Lodewijk ten Kate
MEANWHILE Calista led a wretched life;
No gold nor jewels Damon left his wife,
Which made the jailer faithful, since 'twere vain
To hope, unbribed, this Cerberus to gain.
"The Magic Cup" by Jean de La Fontaine
"And if all these fellows came at once, what would become of us?
They'd drown old Charon in the Styx, and murder Cerberus;
Make love to all the women here, and even to my wife;
Drink all my liquor up, and be the torment of my life.
"“EIIOΣ”" by Albert Pike

In news:

The Scobleizer Versus Cerberus the Hound of Hades .
In Infiltrator players will help to free prisoners from a hostile Cerberus base.
"I don't blame anyone who doesn't know me from thinking a lot of things," said Mr Feinberg, the reclusive founder of Cerberus Capital Management, the big buyout firm.
Cerberus Capital Pays $94 Million for Timeshare Operator Timeshare operator Silverleaf Resorts (SVLF.
O) agreed to be bought on Thursday by hedge fund and private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management for $94.4 million in cash.
They're Not Telling Quayle Jokes At Cerberus.
Carlyle to Cerberus Lead Private Equity Federal-Contracting Push.
Schulze said to enlist Cerberus to help cement deal.
Cerberus Shoal Pie for the President Land We All Believe In, the North East Indie Records 7:03 PM.
It seems only fitting that DaimlerChrysler is dumping its stricken Chrysler subsidiary onto a firm called Cerberus Capital Management, which is named for the mythical three-headed dog that guarded the gates of hell.
The Wall Street Journal reported that private equity firm Cerberus is considering multiple options for the grocery store chain.
Announced the signing of a definitive agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management.
Knott, 51, is reviving Chrysler's partnership approach with suppliers, which had gone underground during its two previous owners, DaimlerChrysler AG and Cerberus Capital Management, and the 2009 bankruptcy.
It Looks Like It's Cerberus' To Lose.
Cerberus, Sun Capital, and Lubert-Adler stripped the 59-year-old retailer of its assets and threw 30,000 people out of work.
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