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Charybdis (kəˈrɪbdɪs Pronunciation for Charybdis



  1. a ship-devouring monster in classical mythology, identified with a whirlpool off the north coast of Sicily, lying opposite Scylla on the Italian coast Compare Scylla

Derived Forms

Chaˈrybdian adjective

Example Sentences Including 'Charybdis'

Admit it - that reference to Scylla and Charybdis took yoU aback.
Trenhalle, John A Means to Evil
Ajax was as helpless as Odysseus" craft ever was, drifting between Scylla and Charybdis , hoping against hope.
Weldon, Fay Splitting
Caught in the hip-hop Scylla and Charybdis of 50 Cent's diamond-crusted gunplay versus the Roots ' overloaded hippie groove?
Globe and Mail (2003)
How to effect this, given the electronic Scylla and Charybdis hereinbefore mentioned?
Trenhalle, John A Means to Evil
The rational state was, therefore, confronted with the Scylla of the market and the Charybdis of bureaucracy.
Low, Nicholas Politics, Planning and the State
They have stood together like Scylla and Charybdis so often when an England side has threatened to sail into clear waters.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
`I am in the Charybdis of passion, and must perforce circle and circle ever nearer round the fatal centre.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)


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