• WordNet 3.6
    • n Scylla (Greek mythology) a sea nymph transformed into a sea monster who lived on one side of a narrow strait; drowned and devoured sailors who tried to escape Charybdis (a whirlpool) on the other side of the strait
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Scylla A dangerous rock on the Italian coast opposite the whirpool Charybdis on the coast of Sicily, -- both personified in classical literature as ravenous monsters. The passage between them was formerly considered perilous; hence, the saying “Between Scylla and Charybdis,” signifying a great peril on either hand.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Scylla A dangerous rock on the Italian side of the Strait of Messina, between Italy and Sicily, abode of a legendary monster Scylla. On the opposite side of the narrow strait was the whirlpool Charybdis; hence the allusive use of these names to imply great danger on either side.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scylla sil′a a six-headed monster who sat over a dangerous rock on the Italian side of the Straits of Messina, over against the whirlpool of Charyb′dis on the Sicilian side
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  • Norman Douglas
    “He talks about the Scylla of Atheism and the Charybdis of Christianity -- a state of mind which, by the way, is not conducive to bold navigation.”


In literature:

Toward her, then, we looked, fearing destruction; but Scylla meanwhile caught from out my hollow ships six of my company.
"A Book of Discovery" by Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
Martha and Scylla were great friends.
"Southern Stories" by Various
The passage between Scylla and Charybdis is often a wide one.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
But for these barking and biting dogs, they are as well knowne as Scylla and Charybdis.
"Shakespeare's Lost Years in London, 1586-1592" by Arthur Acheson
Odysseus has to accomplish the awful passage between Scylla and Charybdis.
"Christianity As A Mystical Fact" by Rudolf Steiner
You sail triumphantly between Scylla and Charybdis without so much as skinning your eye.
"Dr. Sevier" by George W. Cable
One of the most beautiful of the figurative representations of the sea is the well-known type of Scylla.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume I (of 3)" by John Ruskin
But the mill was as Scylla to their Charybidis.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Rose was married to Uncle Henry Collins, and they lived on the place of Mrs. Louise Whitworth and Scylla Bailey.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves, North Carolina Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
As the final act was performed, Glaucus resumed his youth, and Scylla and the drowned lovers returned to life.
"Life of John Keats" by William Michael Rossetti
The rock Scylla at a distance appears like the statue of a woman.
"The Lusiad" by Luís de Camões
Scylla, daughter of Hecate and of Phorcys, was a beautiful nymph, greatly beloved by Glaucus, also one of the deities of the sea.
"Heathen Mythology" by Various
Now, Scylla and the Sibyl and Charybdis!
"Porzia" by Cale Young Rice
The ancients would have represented it as a sea-monster with open jaws, more terrible than Scylla and Charybdis.
"Cape Cod" by Henry D. Thoreau
Still, it was from Scylla into Charybdis.
"Draw Swords!" by George Manville Fenn
If the Scylla of stupid superstition was dangerous, the Charybdis of arrogant scepticism is destructive.
"Romantic Spain" by John Augustus O'Shea
You are but upon the edge of the Scylla of passion.
"The Bandolero" by Mayne Reid
He saw himself between Scylla and Charybdis.
"The Road to Paris" by Robert Neilson Stephens
He was between Scylla and Charybdis.
"The Funny Philosophers" by George Yellott
To oblige Minos, the dutiful Scylla cut it off, and presented it to her lover.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 10 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)

In poetry:

"Young man of Latmos! thus particular
Am I, that thou may'st plainly see how far
This fierce temptation went: and thou may'st not
Exclaim, How then, was Scylla quite forgot?
"Endymion: Book III" by John Keats
Lowers Scylla--frowns Charybdis--and the bark is like to sink--
This the symbolistic moral of my rhyme--
If Opinion trims your sails and if you care what people think
You will have a most unhappy sort of time.
"Heads And Tails" by Franklin Pierce Adams

In news:

Navigating Between Scylla and Charybdis .
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock confronts a dilemma akin to choosing between the rocky shoals of Scylla and the whirlpool of Charybdis.
Navigating Between Scylla and Charybdis.