[ hel-uh-niz-uh m ]
/ ˈhɛl əˌnɪz əm /


ancient Greek culture or ideals.
the imitation or adoption of ancient Greek language, thought, customs, art, etc.: the Hellenism of Alexandrian Jews.
the characteristics of Greek culture, especially after the time of Alexander the Great; civilization of the Hellenistic period.

Origin of Hellenism

First recorded in 1600–10, Hellenism is from the Greek word Hellēnismós an imitation of or similarity to the Greeks. See Hellene, -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for hellenism

/ (ˈhɛlɪˌnɪzəm) /


the principles, ideals, and pursuits associated with classical Greek civilization
the spirit or national character of the Greeks
conformity to, imitation of, or devotion to the culture of ancient Greece
the cosmopolitan civilization of the Hellenistic world
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