a lake near Naples, Italy, looked upon in ancient times as an entrance to hell, from whose waters vile-smelling vapors arose, supposedly killing birds flying over it.
a crater lake in S Italy, near Naples and the Tyrrhenian Sea, thought by ancients to be the entrance to the underworld.
Of which lesson her own history is a part, and her habitation by the Avernus lake.
Ariadne Florentina John Ruskin
Last night we ascended Avernus again, and did the usual guard on the summit.
A Yeoman’s Letters P. T. Ross
There is the Lake of Avernus, with its splendid supply of oysters.
The Letters of Cassiodorus Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
It has been said with more truth than poetic fancy that the descent to Avernus is easy.
The Loyalist James Francis Barrett
Is it not probable that Avernus, if not corrupted from ἄορνος, is related to iffrin, the Irish inferi?
Notes and Queries, Number 219, January 7, 1854 Various
It should be “facilis descensus Averno,” easy is the descent to Avernus.
The Short-story William Patterson Atkinson
Stover, like Æneas at the gates of Avernus, stood under the awful portals, ruminating uneasily on Butsey’s last remark.
The Varmint Owen Johnson
In safety, as thou desirest, shall he reach the haven of Avernus.
The Aeneid of Virgil Virgil
That visit to Avernus necessitates a stage setting and an interpretation which I will deliberately designate as intensive.
My Recollections Jules Massenet
Decius followed, as he would have followed through the portals of Avernus.
The Lion’s Brood Duffield Osborne
a crater lake in Italy, near Naples: in ancient times regarded as an entrance to hell Latin name Avernus (əˈvɜːnəs)
1126?–98, Arab philosopher in Spain. Historical Examples He unfortunately dealt the death blow to Mohammedan philosophy and averroes wrote against him. The Literature of Ecstasy Albert Mordell At all events, so he was interpreted by averroes and later by Aquinas. Dante: His Times and His Work Arthur John Butler There its great representative was averroes, […]
the philosophy of Averroës, largely based on Aristotelianism and asserting the unity of an active intellect common to all human beings while denying personal immortality. Historical Examples In such a critical generation the words of Averroism found willing ears, and pupils who outran their teacher. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3 Various The […]
to assert or affirm with confidence; declare in a positive or peremptory manner. Law. to allege as a fact. Historical Examples The landlady was thus justified in averring that something had been done by somebody, albeit unable to point to anything specific. Evan Harrington, Complete George Meredith This he at first declined to do, averring […]
to assert or affirm with confidence; declare in a positive or peremptory manner. Law. to allege as a fact. Contemporary Examples Although di Giovanni had longed to be a mother, she was “not a very natural” one, she avers. Of Love and War Penelope Rowlands October 24, 2011 Historical Examples Three drops, he avers, of […]