aition

noun ai·ti·on \ˈī-tē-ˌän\

Definition of aition

plural

aitia

\ˈī-tē-ə\ or

aitions

  1. :  a tale devised to explain the origin of a religious observance

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Origin and Etymology of aition

Greek aition cause, from neuter singular of aitios responsible; akin to Greek aitia cause — more at emulate


First Known Use: 1910


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