plural -es
: a fighting with a shadow : a mock or futile combat (as with an imaginary foe)

Word History


Greek skiamachia, from skia shadow + -machia -machy

First Known Use

1623, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sciamachy was in 1623

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“Sciamachy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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