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Atropos n : the Fate who cuts the thread of life; identified with Roman Morta

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Meaning inflexible or not turning, from the Greek a-, (not) + tropos, (to turn)''.

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  1. One of the three Fates, or Moirae, daughter of Zeus and Themis; the cutter of the thread of life

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In Greek mythology, Atropos () (from Greek Άτροπος, "without turn") was one of the three Moirae, Goddesses of fate and destiny. Her Roman equivalent was Morta. Atropos was the oldest of the Three Fates, and was known as the "inflexible" or "inevitable." It was Atropos who chose the mechanism of death and ended the life of each mortal by cutting their thread with her "abhorred shears." She worked along with her sisters Clotho, who spun the thread, and Lachesis, who measured the length. Her origin, along with the other two fates, is uncertain, although some called them the daughters of the night. It is clear, however, that at a certain period they ceased to be only concerned with death and also became those powers who decided what may happen to individuals. Although Zeus was the chief Greek god and their father, he was still subject to the decisions of the Fates, and thus the executor of destiny rather than its source. According to Hesiod's Theogony, Atropos and her sisters (Clotho and Lachesis) were the daughters of Nyx (Night).
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Atropos in Breton: Atropos
Atropos in Catalan: Àtropos
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Atropos in Modern Greek (1453-): Άτροπος
Atropos in Spanish: Átropos
Atropos in Italian: Atropo
Atropos in Lithuanian: Atropė
Atropos in Hungarian: Atroposz
Atropos in Dutch: Atropos
Atropos in Polish: Atropos
Atropos in Romanian: Atropos
Atropos in Slovenian: Atropa
Atropos in Swedish: Atropos
Atropos in Ukrainian: Атропа
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