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Athenian

[uh-thee-nee-uh n]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to Athens, Greece.
noun
  1. a native or citizen of Athens, Greece.

Origin of Athenian

1580–90; < Latin Athēni(ēnsis) of Athens + -an; see -ensis
Related formspro-A·the·ni·an, adjective, noun
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  • The Athenian slave laws were much more mild than modern codes.

    Philothea

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  • The Athenian generals did not fail to take advantage of this negligence.

  • Neither would you approve of the delicacies, as they are thought, of Athenian confectionary?

  • And knowledge is not true opinion; for the Athenian dicasts have true opinion but not knowledge.

  • The Menexenus veils in panegyric the weak places of Athenian history.


British Dictionary definitions for athenian

Athenian

noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Athens
adjective
  1. of or relating to Athens
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Word Origin and History for athenian

Athenian

n.

Old English Atheniense (plural noun), from Latin Atheniensis, from Athenae (see Athens).

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