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amphictyony

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

Definition of amphictyony

plural amphictyonies

  1. :  an association of neighboring states in ancient Greece to defend a common religious center; broadly :  an association of neighboring states for their common interest

amphictyonicplay \(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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