noun \ˈtär-tə-rəs\

Definition of TARTARUS

:  a section of Hades reserved for punishment of the wicked

Origin of TARTARUS

Latin, from Greek Tartaros
First Known Use: 1513


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

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.


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