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Hellenic

[he-len-ik, -lee-nik] /hɛˈlɛn ɪk, -ˈli nɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the ancient Greeks or their language, culture, thought, etc., especially before the time of Alexander the Great.
Compare Hellenistic (def 3).
2.
noun
3.
Also called Greek. a branch of the Indo-European family of languages, comprising a variety of ancient, medieval, and modern dialects and languages, all of them called Greek.
Origin of Hellenic
1635-1645
First recorded in 1635-45, Hellenic is from the Greek word Hellēnikós of, pertaining to the Greeks. See Hellene, -ic
Related forms
Hellenically, adverb
non-Hellenic, adjective
pre-Hellenic, adjective
pro-Hellenic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for Hellenic
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  • Again, as to the devastation of Hellenic territory or the burning of houses, what is to be the practice?

    The Republic Plato
  • And will not the city, which you are founding, be an Hellenic city?

    The Republic Plato
  • Phidias it is not, but the work of man in that early Hellenic world that I would know.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Important for the conception of Hellenic democracy (cf. 17).

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • Is it simply and solely Oriental, or general, and Hellenic also?

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • Notice, too, how little is said of the bloodshed; that is Hellenic as well as Xenophontine, I fancy.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • Hellenic war ethics: non-combatant tillers of the soil to be let alone.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • A nice touch: we learn to know Gadatas and Xenophon also, and the Hellenic mind.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • Xenophon reveals himself and the Hellenic feeling with regard to war and its use.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • In this manner the Hellenic force were persuaded—that is to say, the majority of them.

    Anabasis Xenophon
British Dictionary definitions for Hellenic

Hellenic

/hɛˈlɛnɪk; -ˈliː-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the ancient or modern Greeks or their language
2.
of or relating to ancient Greece or the Greeks of the classical period (776–323 bc) Compare Hellenistic
3.
another word for Greek
noun
4.
a branch of the Indo-European family of languages consisting of Greek in its various ancient and modern dialects
Derived Forms
Hellenically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for Hellenic
adj.

"pertaining to Greece," 1640s, from Greek Hellenikos, from Hellen "a Greek," of unknown origin. Earliest surviving use is by Homer in reference to a Thessalian tribe.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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