Au·​ge·​an ȯ-ˈjē-ən How to pronounce Augean (audio)
: extremely formidable or difficult and occasionally distasteful
an Augean task

Examples of Augean in a Sentence

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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1676, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Augean was in 1676

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Cite this Entry

“Augean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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