- a person, especially in ancient times, adopting Greek speech, ideas, or customs.
- a person who admires or studies Greek civilization.
Origin of Hellenist
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Examples from the Web for hellenist
The Emperor, surrounded by his Hellenist friends, had just appeared there.
I have only one opinion, which is, that the Galilean cooks are no worse than the Hellenist cooks.
Wilde knew that, he knew everything, in addition to being a thorough Hellenist.Oscar Wilde
Instead of this, as far as I remember, that abject Hellenist says nothing at all.George Bernard Shaw
Gilbert K. Chesterton
This the poet received with an enthusiastic letter of thanks, at the same time confessing his insufficiency as a Hellenist.Giovanni Boccaccio, a Biographical Study
- Also called: Hellenizer (in the Hellenistic world) a non-Greek, esp a Jew, who adopted Greek culture
- a student of the Greek civilization or language
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