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Areopagus

[ar-ee-op-uh-guh s] /ˌær iˈɒp ə gəs/
noun
1.
a hill in Athens, Greece, W of the Acropolis.
2.
Greek History. the council that met on this hill, originally having wide public functions but later becoming a purely judicial body.
3.
any high tribunal.
Origin of Areopagus
< Latin < Greek Áreios págos hill of Ares
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Areopagus

/ˌærɪˈɒpəɡəs/
noun
1.
  1. the hill to the northwest of the Acropolis in Athens
  2. (in ancient Athens) the judicial council whose members (Areopagites) met on this hill
2.
(literary) any high court
Word Origin
via Latin from Greek Areiopagus, contracted from Areios pagos, hill of Ares
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Word Origin and History for Areopagus

1640s, Greek, Areios pagos "the hill of Ares," west of the Acropolis in Athens, where the highest judicial court sat; second element from pagos "rocky hill." Sense extended to "any important tribunal."

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