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noun, plural am·phic·ty·o·nies.
  1. (in ancient Greece) any of the leagues of states, especially the league at Delphi, united for mutual protection and the worship of a common deity.
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Origin of amphictyony

From the Greek word Amphiktyonía, dating back to 1825–35. See amphictyon, -y3
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  • Sometimes this tendency to religious fraternity took a form called an Amphictyony, different from the common festival.

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  • Thus there was an Amphictyony of seven cities at the holy island of Caluria, close to the harbor of Troezen.

  • This later class of festivals agreed with the Amphictyony in being of a special and exclusive character, not open to all Greeks.

  • It did not even prevent members of the Amphictyony fighting one another.

British Dictionary definitions for amphictyony


noun plural -nies
  1. (in ancient Greece) a religious association of states for the maintenance of temples and the cults connected with them
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Derived Formsamphictyonic (æmˌfɪktɪˈɒnɪk), adjective
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