• WordNet 3.6
    • n Orcus god of the underworld; counterpart of Greek Pluto
    • ***


In literature:

Orcus has heard my vow, and it is written in the book of the unforgetful Hades.
"The Last Days of Pompeii" by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
The Latin Orcus takes the place of Erebus, and "the burning coasts" are derived from modern popular theology.
"Essays in Little" by Andrew Lang
The return of Allobrigius and his tribesmen was celebrated by great rejoicings on the Orcus.
"The Young Carthaginian" by G.A. Henty
Est orcus illa vis, est immedicabilis, est rabies insana.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
The fires of the avenging Orcus burst forth against the false witness of my accusers!
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol VI." by Various
ORCUS (i. e. place of confinement), another name for Hades, or the "World of the Dead"; also of the god of the nether world.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
The fires of the avenging Orcus burst forth against the false witness of my accusers!
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 6" by Various
Her helmet is then the helmet of Orcus.
"The Pleasures of England" by John Ruskin
The fires of the avenging Orcus burst forth against the false witness of my accusers!
"Standard Selections" by Various
And I was beautiful, and I had no love, save for the king, Orcus.
"The Lion's Brood" by Duffield Osborne
Orcus was Graecised as Plutus, but was himself totally without personality.
"The Religious Experience of the Roman People" by W. Warde Fowler
He is also called Hades and Orcus.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
To tell what wise by Turnus' sword the field of fight was strown; What death he wrought; what man each man to Orcus sent adown.
"The Æneids of Virgil" by Virgil
Bonnets, then, to Orcus!
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 57, No. 352, February 1845" by Various
Orcus spewed the Barbarians into the middle of the camp!
"A Captive of the Roman Eagles" by Felix Dahn
May Orcus swallow the whole brood!
"The Scarlet Banner" by Felix Dahn
Nor Alps nor Orcus like a loyal heart Ensures the secret trustful lips confide.
"The Poetical Works of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart. M.P." by Edward Bulwer Lytton
Cursed shades of Orcus, that devour all things beautiful!
"Tennyson and His Friends" by Various
Orcus had him, grim head, black heart and all.
"The Man in Black" by Stanley J. Weyman
It would not be very difficult to give some little idea of Swedenborg's Orcus, or place of punishment.
"Dealings With The Dead" by A Sexton of the Old School

In poetry:

So flaps my helpless sail,
Bellying with neither gale,
Of Heaven
Nor Orcus even.
"To The Dead Cardinal Of Westminster" by Francis Thompson
Blow, then, gossip, thy horn,
Speed on with echoing trot,
So that Orcus may know we are coming;
So that our host may with joy
Wait at the door to receive us.
"To Father Kronos" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
'Tis love illumes the realms of night,
For Orcus dark obeys his might,
And bows before his magic spell
All-kindly looks the king of hell
At Ceres' daughter's smile so bright,—
Yes—love illumes the realms of night!
"The Triumph Of Love" by Friedrich von Schiller