the Fate who cuts the thread of life.
Historical Examples

Clotho draws the thread, Lachesis turns the wheel, and Atropos cuts the string asunder when spun to a due length.
The Mysteries of All Nations James Grant

Like the time—the ‘Atropos’ came in just after we touched down.
A Question of Courage Jesse Franklin Bone

Atropos, one of the Fates of Greek mythology, who cut the destined thread of life.
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements) Various

Lachesis announced the past, Clotho the present, and Atropos the future.
The Phantom World Augustin Calmet

Clotho spins, Lachesis apportions, and Atropos cuts, the thread of life.
Chaucer’s Works, Volume 2 (of 7) Geoffrey Chaucer

Atropos is the Fate who cuts the thread of life; see note to v. 7.
Chaucer’s Works, Volume 2 (of 7) Geoffrey Chaucer

Atropos has decreed that I at least shall never again enter her walls.
Philothea Lydia Maria Child

Atropos appeared, after an interval, looking as beautiful as the dawn.
Ravenshoe Henry Kingsley

In spite of its ominous livery, the Atropos does not come from Hades; it is no envoy of death, bringing sadness and mourning.
The Insect World Louis Figuier

Clotho spun the thread of life, Lachesis held it, and Atropos cut it.
Palamon and Arcite John Dryden

(Greek myth) the one of the three Fates who severs the thread of life

one of the Fates (the one who holds the shears and determines the manner of a person’s death and cuts the thread), from Greek, “inflexible,” literally “not to be turned away,” from a- “not” (see a- (3)) + stem of trepein “to turn” (see trope). Related form Atropa was the Greek name for deadly nightshade.


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