amphictyony


am·phic·ty·o·ny

noun \am-ˈfik-tē-ə-nē\
plural am·phic·ty·o·nies

Definition of AMPHICTYONY

:  an association of neighboring states in ancient Greece to defend a common religious center; broadly :  an association of neighboring states for their common interest
am·phic·ty·on·ic \(ˌ)am-ˌfik-tē-ˈä-nik\ adjective

Origin of AMPHICTYONY

Greek amphiktyonia, from amphiktiones neighbors, from amphi- + -ktiones, from ktizein to found, inhabit — more at home
First Known Use: 1835

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