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[ar-ee-op-uh-guh s]
  1. a hill in Athens, Greece, W of the Acropolis.
  2. Greek History. the council that met on this hill, originally having wide public functions but later becoming a purely judicial body.
  3. any high tribunal.
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Origin of Areopagus

< Latin < Greek Áreios págos hill of Ares
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Examples from the Web for areopagus

Historical Examples

  • In Athens on the Areopagus there is to this day a relic of antiquity with a mud roof.

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  • Such is the general statement that Solon instituted the Areopagus.

  • Those lower eminences are the Areopagus, the Pmyx, and the Museum.

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  • Then they put him on an ambulance car, and thus conveyed him before the Areopagus.

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  • The Areopagus at Athens had the care of religion, but the Areopagites were not priests.

British Dictionary definitions for areopagus


    1. the hill to the northwest of the Acropolis in Athens
    2. (in ancient Athens) the judicial council whose members (Areopagites) met on this hill
  1. literary any high court
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Word Origin

via Latin from Greek Areiopagus, contracted from Areios pagos, hill of Ares
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Word Origin and History for areopagus


1640s, Greek, Areios pagos "the hill of Ares," west of the Acropolis in Athens, where the highest judicial court sat; second element from pagos "rocky hill." Sense extended to "any important tribunal."

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