sciamachy

sciamachy

[sahy-am-uh-kee]
noun, plural sciamachies.
an act or instance of fighting a shadow or an imaginary enemy.
Also, sciomachy.


Origin:
1615–25; < Greek skiamachía, equivalent to skiá shadow + -machia -machy

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sciamachy, sciomachy or skiamachy (saɪˈæməkɪ, skaɪˈæməkɪ)
 
n , pl -chies
rare a fight with an imaginary enemy
 
[C17: from Greek skiamakhia a mock fight, from skia a shadow + makhesthai to fight]
 
sciomachy, sciomachy or skiamachy
 
n
 
[C17: from Greek skiamakhia a mock fight, from skia a shadow + makhesthai to fight]
 
skiamachy, sciomachy or skiamachy
 
n
 
[C17: from Greek skiamakhia a mock fight, from skia a shadow + makhesthai to fight]

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sciamachy
"fighting with shadows, shadow-boxing" 1623, from Gk. skiamakhia "shadow-fighting, a sham fight" but perhaps lit. "fighting in the shade" (i.e., in school), from skia "shade, shadow" + makhe "battle."
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