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Definition of TARTARUS
: a section of Hades reserved for punishment of the wicked
Origin of TARTARUS
Latin, from Greek Tartaros
First Known Use: 1513
In Greek mythology, the lowest depths of the underworld. It was a region of eternal darkness where the evil were punished after death for having offended the gods. Here Zeus confined the Titans, who were prevented from escaping by hundred-armed giants. Later classical authors sometimes used Tartarus interchangeably with Hades to designate the entire underworld.