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anabasis

[uh-nab-uh-sis] /əˈnæb ə sɪs/
noun, plural anabases
[uh-nab-uh-seez] /əˈnæb əˌsiz/ (Show IPA)
1.
a march from the coast into the interior, as that of Cyrus the Younger against Artaxerxes II, described by Xenophon in his historical work Anabasis (379–371 b.c.).
2.
Literary. any military expedition or advance.
Compare katabasis.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; < Greek: a stepping up. See ana-, basis
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  • anabasis was the story of an unsuccessful operation that ended in retreat.
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anabasis

/əˈnæbəsɪs/
noun (pl) -ses (-ˌsiːz)
1.
the march of Cyrus the Younger and his Greek mercenaries from Sardis to Cunaxa in Babylonia in 401 bc, described by Xenophon in his Anabasis Compare katabasis
2.
any military expedition, esp one from the coast to the interior
Word Origin
C18: from Greek: a going up, ascent, from anabainein to go up; see anabaena
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Word Origin and History for anabasis
n.

1706, from Greek, "military expedition," literally "a going up (from the coast)," especially in reference to the advance of Cyrus the Younger from near the Aegean coast into Asia, and the subsequent story of the retreat of the 10,000 narrated by Xenophon (401 B.C.E.), from anabainein "to go up, mount;" from ana "up" (see ana-) + bainein "to go" (see come).

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