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[kuh-tab-uh-sis] /kəˈtæb ə sɪs/
noun, plural katabases
[kuh-tab-uh-seez] /kəˈtæb əˌsiz/ (Show IPA)
a march from the interior of a country to the coast, as that of the 10,000 Greeks after their defeat and the death of Cyrus the Younger at Cunaxa.
a retreat, especially a military retreat.
Compare anabasis.
Origin of katabasis
1830-40; < Greek katábasis a going down, descent, equivalent to kataba- (stem of katabaínein to go down) + -sis -sis. See kata-, basis Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for katabasis


noun (pl) -ses (-ˌsiːz)
the retreat of the Greek mercenaries of Cyrus the Younger, after his death at Cunaxa, from the Euphrates to the Black Sea in 401–400 bc under the leadership of Xenophon: recounted in his Anabasis Compare anabasis
(literary) a retreat
Word Origin
C19: from Greek: a going down, from katabainein to go down
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