[dahy-uh-nish-ee-uh s, -nis-, -nish-uh s, -nahy-see-uh s]


the Elder, 431?–367 b.c., Greek soldier: tyrant of Syracuse 405–367.
Saint,died a.d. 268, pope 259–268.

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Historical Examples of dionysius

  • Whilst these matters were still pending, the second reinforcements from Dionysius arrived.



  • Our monastery is like the ear of Dionysius: not a whisper in the city escapes it.

    The Golden Dog

    William Kirby

  • Pythias had done nothing wrong, but he had angered Dionysius.

  • Now, Dionysius was as conceited as he was cruel, and fancied that there was nothing he could not do.

  • Dionysius, tyrant of Syracuse, was not happy, in spite of all his wealth and power.

British Dictionary definitions for dionysius



called the Elder. ?430–367 bc, tyrant of Syracuse (405–367), noted for his successful campaigns against Carthage and S Italy
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