noun, plural poleis [poh-lahys] .
an ancient Greek city-state.

1890–95; < Greek pólis, plural (Ionic) póleis

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a combining form, meaning “city,” appearing in loanwords from Greek (metropolis ), and used in the formation of placenames (Annapolis ).

combining form representing Greek pólis polis

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polis1 (ˈpɒlɪs)
n , pl poleis
an ancient Greek city-state
[from Greek: city]

polis2 (ˈpolɪs)
(Scot), (Irish) the police or a police officer
[C19: a variant pronunciation of police]

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What's genuinely radical about good art is that it detonates a kind of ambiguity-bomb at the heart of the polis.
What's good for the pocketbook is good for the polis.
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