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Hellenism

[hel-uh-niz-uh m] /ˈhɛl əˌnɪz əm/
noun
1.
ancient Greek culture or ideals.
2.
the imitation or adoption of ancient Greek language, thought, customs, art, etc.:
the Hellenism of Alexandrian Jews.
3.
the characteristics of Greek culture, especially after the time of Alexander the Great; civilization of the Hellenistic period.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < Greek Hellēnismós an imitation of or similarity to the Greeks. See Hellene, -ism
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Hellenism

/ˈhɛlɪˌnɪzəm/
noun
1.
the principles, ideals, and pursuits associated with classical Greek civilization
2.
the spirit or national character of the Greeks
3.
conformity to, imitation of, or devotion to the culture of ancient Greece
4.
the cosmopolitan civilization of the Hellenistic world
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Word Origin and History for Hellenism
n.

c.1600, "idiom or expression peculiar to Greek;" see Hellenic + -ism. In sense "culture and ideals of ancient Greece," 1865.

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