Thesmophoria

noun
Thes·​mo·​pho·​ria | \ ˌthezməˈfōrēə \
plural -s

Definition of Thesmophoria

: a festival of Demeter as Thesmophoros or of Demeter and Kore celebrated by women and having as its essential ceremony the casting of pigs into chasms of the earth and the bringing up of their decaying flesh to be mixed with seed to insure fertility

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Other Words from Thesmophoria

Thesmophorian \ ¦⸗⸗¦⸗⸗ən \ adjective
Thesmophoric \ ¦⸗⸗¦fȯrik \ adjective

History and Etymology for Thesmophoria

Latin (plural), from Greek, from thesmophoros giving laws (epithet of Demeter), from thesmos law, ordinance (from tithenai to put, lay down) + -phoros -phore

Learn More About Thesmophoria

Dictionary Entries Near Thesmophoria

the smart set

Thesmophoria

thesmothete

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for Thesmophoria

Cite this Entry

“Thesmophoria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Thesmophoria. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!