European History. the Enlightenment.
the Enlightenment, esp in Germany
1801, from German Aufklärung (18c.), literally “Enlightenment,” from aufklären “to enlighten” (17c.), from auf “up” + klären “to clear,” from Latin clarus (see clear (adj.)).
. . augmented. Contemporary Examples Spinner wrote in an aug, 28, 2009 email to an Energy Department official. Telling the Truth Slowly John Solomon October 7, 2011 Historical Examples He died 4th aug, 1875, having had the pleasure of seeing many of his works translated into most of the European languages. The New Gresham Encyclopedia. […]
resembling the in filthiness or degradation. difficult and unpleasant: an Augean chore. Contemporary Examples I had to chase the chickens back into the coop and close the door so I could finish with the Augean Stables of the chicken pen. What Did TJ Mean By “Pursuit of Happiness,” Anyway? P. J. O’Rourke June 7, 2014 […]
- Augean stables
the stables in which King Augeas kept 3000 oxen, and which had not been cleaned for 30 years. The cleaning of these stables was accomplished by Hercules, who diverted the river Alpheus through them. Contemporary Examples I had to chase the chickens back into the coop and close the door so I could finish with […]
king of the Epeans in Elis and one of the Argonauts. Historical Examples Hercules was next sent to Augeas, King of Elis, who had immense droves of cattle. Myths of Greece and Rome H. A. Guerber Augeas had promised him a tenth of the herd, but refused this, alleging that Heracles had acted only in […]