- ancient Greek culture or ideals.
- the imitation or adoption of ancient Greek language, thought, customs, art, etc.: the Hellenism of Alexandrian Jews.
- the characteristics of Greek culture, especially after the time of Alexander the Great; civilization of the Hellenistic period.
Origin of Hellenism
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Examples from the Web for hellenism
Homeric Epicism—antique Hellenism and modern Hellenism are both there.Cyropaedia
On one side, indeed, the Reformation was a return to Hellenism from Romanism.
There is no reconciliation between this view of life and Hellenism.
The victory of Athanasius was in no sense a defeat for Hellenism.
I fear you will injure your Hellenism with this Romaic jargon.Letters to an Unknown
- the principles, ideals, and pursuits associated with classical Greek civilization
- the spirit or national character of the Greeks
- conformity to, imitation of, or devotion to the culture of ancient Greece
- the cosmopolitan civilization of the Hellenistic world
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Word Origin and History for hellenism
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