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Assyria

[uh-seer-ee-uh]
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noun
  1. an ancient empire in SW Asia: greatest extent from about 750 to 612 b.c. Capital: Nineveh.
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Historical Examples

  • We read that in Assyria deadly influences were ascribed to the moon.

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    Benjamin Taylor

  • He finds Assyria and the Mounds of Cholula at his door, and himself has laid the courses.

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    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Could this be said of Assyria, and shall it not be said of England?

  • Assyria, more rugged in character, did not enjoy the same advantages.

  • Coequal in antiquity with the cult of Anu in Assyria is that of Dagan.


British Dictionary definitions for assyria

Assyria

noun
  1. an ancient kingdom of N Mesopotamia: it established an empire that stretched from Egypt to the Persian Gulf, reaching its greatest extent between 721 and 633 bc . Its chief cities were Assur and Nineveh
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Word Origin and History for assyria

Assyria

Middle English, from Latin Assyria, from Greek Assyria, short for Assyria ge "the Assyrian land," from fem. of Assyrios "pertaining to Assyria," from Akkadian Ashshur, name of the chief city of the kingdom and also of a god, probably from Assyrian sar "prince." (See also Syria).

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