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El·​eu·​sin·​i·​an ˌel-yü-ˈsi-nē-ən How to pronounce Eleusinian (audio)
: of or relating to ancient Eleusis or to the religious mysteries celebrated there in worship of Demeter and Persephone


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plural Eleusinians
: a native or inhabitant of Eleusis in ancient Greece

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With the additional help of getting initiated into the Eleusinian Mysteries, Heracles managed to do what few others had done before: going to the realm of the dead and returning. Katie Liu, Discover Magazine, 31 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1579, in the meaning defined above


1728, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Eleusinian was in 1579

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“Eleusinian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Eleusinian. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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