Definition of Mezentian in English:


Pronunciation /mɪˈzɛnʃ(ə)n/


  • Characteristic of Mezentius (specifically with reference to a cruel or fatal union).

    In Virgil Aeneid 8.485–8 the story is told of how Mezentius caused living people to be bound face to face with corpses and left to die.


Late 18th century; earliest use found in Thomas James Mathias (?1754–1835), satirist and Italian scholar. From the name of Mezentius, a mythical Etruscan chieftain renowned for his acts of tyranny + -an.