Ka·​tha·​re·​vou·​sa ˌkä-thə-ˈre-və-ˌsä How to pronounce Katharevousa (audio)
variants or Katharevusa
: modern Greek conforming to classic Greek usage

Word History


Modern Greek kathareuousa, from Greek, feminine of kathareuōn, present participle of kathareuein to be pure, from katharos pure

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Katharevousa was in 1936

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Cite this Entry

“Katharevousa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Katharevousa. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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