Hellenism

noun

Hel·​le·​nism ˈhe-lə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce Hellenism (audio)
1
2
: devotion to or imitation of ancient Greek thought, customs, or styles
3
: Greek civilization especially as modified in the Hellenistic period by influences from southwestern Asia
4
: a body of humanistic and classical ideals associated with ancient Greece and including reason, the pursuit of knowledge and the arts, moderation, civic responsibility, and bodily development

Word History

First Known Use

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Hellenism was in 1609

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“Hellenism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hellenism. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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