Gorgon meaning

gôr'gən
Any of the three sisters Stheno, Euryale, and the mortal Medusa who had snakes for hair and eyes that if looked into turned the beholder into stone.
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A woman regarded as ugly or terrifying.
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Any of three sisters with snakes for hair, so horrible that the beholder is turned to stone.
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Any ugly, terrifying, or repulsive woman.
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Like a gorgon; very ugly or terrifying.
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(Greek mythology) A vicious female monster from Greek mythology with sharp fangs and hair of living, venomous snakes.
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An intimidating, ugly, or disgusting woman; anything hideous or horrid.

"Swilling martinis and spewing venom, Phyllis is a particularly unappetizing gorgon, telling us at one point that an acquaintance of hers is aroused by the Heimlich maneuver." — Washington Post, July 1, 2005

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Origin of gorgon

  • Middle English from Latin Gorgō Gorgon- from Greek from gorgos terrible
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Ancient Greek Γοργώ (Gorgō), from γοργός (gorgos, “terrible”).
    From Wiktionary