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Atlantis

[at-lan-tis] /ætˈlæn tɪs/
noun
1.
a legendary island, first mentioned by Plato, said to have existed in the Atlantic Ocean west of Gibraltar and to have sunk beneath the sea, but linked by some modern archaeologists with the island of Thera, the surviving remnant of a much larger island destroyed by a volcanic eruption c1500 b.c.
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  • Mighty as is the industrial civilization of your day, that of Atlantis was mightier.

    The Heads of Apex Francis Flagg
  • The most famous of them all was the overthrow of the island of Atlantis.

    Timaeus Plato
  • You can read for yourself, some day, what Atlantis was like.

    The Magic World Edith Nesbit
  • The tale of Atlantis is the fabric of a vision, but it has never ceased to interest mankind.

    Timaeus Plato
  • Condemn my weakness how you will, but I came very near then to liking the Empress of Atlantis in the way she wished.

    The Lost Continent C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
British Dictionary definitions for Atlantis

Atlantis

/ətˈlæntɪs/
noun
1.
(in ancient legend) a continent said to have sunk beneath the Atlantic Ocean west of the Straits of Gibraltar
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Word Origin and History for Atlantis

mythical island-nation, from Greek Atlantis, literally "daughter of Atlas." All references trace to Plato's dialogues "Timaeus" and "Critias," both written c.360 B.C.E.

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A kingdom in classical mythology. According to legend, it was once an island in the Atlantic Ocean, was swallowed up in an earthquake, and is now covered by the sea.

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