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Atlantis

[at-lan-tis]
noun
  1. a legendary island, first mentioned by Plato, said to have existed in the Atlantic Ocean west of Gibraltar and to have sunk beneath the sea, but linked by some modern archaeologists with the island of Thera, the surviving remnant of a much larger island destroyed by a volcanic eruption c1500 b.c.
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Related Words for atlantis

reverie, nightmare, delusion, fancy, illusion, vision, mirage, invention, chimera, trip, rainbow, creativity, originality, bubble, flight, apparition, figment, fabrication, vagary, daydream

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Contemporary Examples of atlantis

Historical Examples of atlantis

  • Mighty as is the industrial civilization of your day, that of Atlantis was mightier.

    The Heads of Apex

    Francis Flagg

  • Of course, the country wasn't then called Atlantis; its real name was A-zooma.

    The Heads of Apex

    Francis Flagg

  • The most famous of them all was the overthrow of the island of Atlantis.

    Timaeus

    Plato

  • The tale of Atlantis is the fabric of a vision, but it has never ceased to interest mankind.

    Timaeus

    Plato

  • Did Plato derive the legend of Atlantis from an Egyptian source?

    Timaeus

    Plato


British Dictionary definitions for atlantis

Atlantis

noun
  1. (in ancient legend) a continent said to have sunk beneath the Atlantic Ocean west of the Straits of Gibraltar
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Word Origin and History for atlantis

Atlantis

mythical island-nation, from Greek Atlantis, literally "daughter of Atlas." All references trace to Plato's dialogues "Timaeus" and "Critias," both written c.360 B.C.E.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

atlantis in Culture

Atlantis

A kingdom in classical mythology. According to legend, it was once an island in the Atlantic Ocean, was swallowed up in an earthquake, and is now covered by the sea.

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