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[ar-ee-op-uh-jahyt, -gahyt]
noun Greek History.
  1. a member of the council of the Areopagus.
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Origin of Areopagite

< Latin Arēopagītēs < Greek Areiopagī́tēs a member of the Areopagus; see -ite1
Related formsAr·e·op·a·git·ic [ar-ee-op-uh-jit-ik] /ˌær iˌɒp əˈdʒɪt ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for areopagite

Historical Examples

  • This is the ‘ascent to the Nought’ preached by the Areopagite.


    Evelyn Underhill

  • Dionysius, the Areopagite, wrote that ‘He has set the borders of the nations according to His angels.’

    Ideas of Good and Evil

    William Butler Yeats

  • Few biblical characters have been so surrounded with a haze of fable as Dionysius the Areopagite.

  • Dionysius the Areopagite indeed is not more exact in his calendar of the celestial hierarchy.

  • He also translated the works of Dionysius the Areopagite, commented on the Armenian breviary and wrote hymns.

British Dictionary definitions for areopagite


  1. a member of the Areopagus, a judicial council of ancient Athens that met on the hill of that name
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Word Origin and History for areopagite



"member of the Areopagus court," late 14c.; see Areopagus + -ite (1). See Acts xvii:34.

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