Ogre meaning

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A giant or monster in legends and fairy tales that eats humans.
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(figuratively) A brutish man whose behavior resembles that of the mythical ogre.
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A town in central Latvia.
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A person who is felt to be particularly cruel, brutish, or hideous.
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In fairy tales and folklore, a man-eating monster or giant.
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A hideous, coarse, or cruel man.
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(mythology) A type of brutish giant from folk tales that eats human flesh.
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Origin of ogre

  • French probably ultimately from Latin Orcus god of the underworld

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested in the 18th century, from French ogre, from Latin Orcus (“god of the underworld"), from Ancient Greek Όρκος (Horkos), the personified demon of oaths (ὅρκος (horkos, “oath")) who inflicts punishment upon perjurers.

    From Wiktionary