amphictyonic league

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Amphictyonic League
1753, one of several ancient Gk. confederations of neighboring states, from Gk. amphiktiones "neighbors," lit. "they that dwell round about," from amphi- "on both sides" + second element related to ktizein "to create, found," ktoina "habitation, township."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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