- of or relating to the ancient Carthaginians.
- treacherous; perfidious: originally applied by the Romans to the Carthaginians.
- the language of ancient Carthage, a form of late Phoenician.
Origin of Punic
Examples from the Web for punic
Foreign-policy experts rush to compare Libya to Bosnia, the Punic Wars, Iraq, Kosovo, Thermopylae, and so forth.The Horrible Libya Hypocrisies
Leslie H. Gelb
March 21, 2011
Merthyr plunged her remorselessly into the second Punic war.Sandra Belloni, Complete
The history of the Sardinian states is as old as the Punic wars.
It is perhaps at its best in the books dealing with the Punic wars.A History of Roman Literature
Harold North Fowler
Bitias was the admiral of the Punic fleet, as Livy informs us.The History of Rome, Books 37 to the End
This assembly was reorganized some time before the Punic Wars.The Two Great Republics: Rome and the United States
James Hamilton Lewis
- of or relating to ancient Carthage or the Carthaginians
- characteristic of the treachery of the Carthaginians
- the language of the ancient Carthaginians; a late form of Phoenician
Word Origin and History for punic
"pertaining to Carthage," 1530s, from Latin Punicus, earlier Poenicus "Carthaginian," originally "Phoenician" (adj.), Carthage having been founded as a Phoenician colony, from Poenus (n.), from Greek Phoinix "Phoenician" (see Phoenician). Carthaginians were proverbial among the Romans as treacherous and perfidious. Punic Wars were three wars between the Romans and the Carthaginians fought 264-146 B.C.E. Related: Punical (early 15c.).