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[ih-loo-sis] /ɪˈlu sɪs/
a city in ancient Greece, in Attica. Unabridged
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  • The initiation in the mysteries of Eleusis lasted nine days.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • In Eleusis he killed Cercyon, the Arcadian, in a wrestling match.

  • Ceremonies at Eleusis, in honour of Demeter, observed with great secrecy.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Prototype, a procession to Eleusis or elsewhere: the Panathenaic, possibly.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • Orpheus says, this descent was made through the Cecropian cave in Attica, not far from Eleusis.

  • The festivals of Carthage were said to be similar to those of Eleusis.

  • He got as far as Eleusis, but there the soldiers lost heart, and the attempt was detected.

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume II Aubrey Stewart & George Long
  • It was the high-priest of the mysteries of Eleusis, whom also he had impatiently expected.

    The Death of the Gods Dmitri Mrejkowski
  • Eleusis, like other cities, began as a hill-fort; it still has its akropolis, part of the circuit of whose wall can be traced.

    Studies of Travel - Greece Edward A. Freeman
  • Not an inhabited house was there when Spon and Wheler rode to Eleusis.

    Studies of Travel - Greece Edward A. Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for Eleusis


a town in Greece, in Attica about 23 km (14 miles) west of Athens, of which it is now an industrial suburb Modern Greek name Elevsís
Derived Forms
Eleusinian (ˌɛljʊˈsɪnɪən) noun, adjective
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