Augean

adjective
Au·​ge·​an | \ ȯ-ˈjē-ən How to pronounce Augean (audio) \

Definition of Augean

: extremely formidable or difficult and occasionally distasteful an Augean task

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Examples of Augean in a Sentence

dreaded the Augean task of cleaning the bathroom after an overflow of the toilet

First Known Use of Augean

1676, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Augean

Latin Augeas, king of Elis, from Greek Augeias; from the legend that his stable, left neglected for 30 years, was finally cleaned by Hercules

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“Augean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Augean. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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