• WordNet 3.6
    • n Tartarus a place where the wicked are punished after death
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • prop. n Tartarus tär"tȧ*rŭs (Class. Myth) The infernal regions, described in the Iliad as situated as far below Hades as heaven is above the earth, and by later writers as the place of punishment for the spirits of the wicked. By the later poets, also, the name is often used synonymously with Hades, or the Lower World in general.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Tartarus A deep and sunless abyss, according to Home and the earlier Greek mythology as far below Hades as earth is below heaven. It was closed by adamantine gates, and in it Zeus imprisoned the rebel Titans. Later poets describe Tartarus as the place in which the spirits of the wicked receive their due punishment; and sometimes the name is used as synonymous with Hades for the lower world in general.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tartarus tär′ta-rus the lower world generally, but esp. the place of punishment for the wicked, according to Homer, a deep and sunless abyss, as far below Hades as earth is below heaven, and closed in by iron gates—(Shak.) Tartar:
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., from Gr. Ta`rtaros
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. tartaros.


In literature:

The division assigned to Rhadamanthus in the infernal regions was Tartarus.
"Roman Antiquities, and Ancient Mythology" by Charles K. Dillaway
He was killed by Zeus with a flash of lighting, and was buried in Tartarus under Mt.
"Bussy D'Ambois and The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois" by George Chapman
He was cast into Tartarus, and was there fastened to a wheel, which turned round incessantly.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
A god could not have done it unless he had been the god of Tartarus.
"Aurelian" by William Ware
Apollo threatened to throw him into Tartarus if he would not confess the truth, but all to no purpose.
"Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome" by E.M. Berens
For I am not held in cruel Tartarus among wailing ghosts, but inhabit Elysium and the sweet societies of the good.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
First, one glimpse of Tartarus as conceived by Fenelon.
"Classic French Course in English" by William Cleaver Wilkinson
The fire had gone entirely out; she could not even see the outlines of the Gothic windows; all was black as Tartarus.
"Cruel As The Grave" by Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
The light of human day has penetrated Tartarus!
"The Temptation of St. Antony" by Gustave Flaubert
"The Fables of Phædrus" by Phaedrus

In poetry:

Still onward Freedom wandered,
Till she touched the British soil;
Elysium of money
And Tartarus of toil!
"The March Of Freedom" by Ernest Jones
AP. Tartarus is the place
These scoundrels you should send to—
Should they behold my face.
My influence there's an end to.
"Thespis: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
No Woman--Tisiphone! Daughter
Of Tartarus--love-grinning Woman above,
Dragon-tailed under--honey-tongued, Harpy-clawed,
Into the glittering meshes of slaughter
She wheedles, entices him into the poisonous
Fold of the serpent--
"The Vision Of Cassandra" by Aeschylus

In news:

Itto, Draughts , Harps of Tartarus, Half Milk, Mountains for Clouds.
( Joachim Seinfeld, Tartarus Press / April 14, 2008 ).