Tar·​tar·​e·​an tär-ˈter-ē-ən How to pronounce Tartarean (audio)
: of, relating to, or resembling Tartarus : infernal
were thrown headlong … into the Tartarean abyssEdward Gibbon

Word History


Latin tartareus, from Greek tartareios, from Tartaros Tartarus

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Tartarean was in 1592

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“Tartarean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tartarean. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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