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katabasis

[ kuh-tab-uh-sis ]
/ kəˈtæb ə sɪs /
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noun, plural ka·tab·a·ses [kuh-tab-uh-seez]. /kəˈtæb əˌsiz/.
a march from the interior of a country to the coast, as that of the 10,000 Greeks after their defeat and the death of Cyrus the Younger at Cunaxa.
a retreat, especially a military retreat.
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Origin of katabasis

1830–40; <Greek katábasis a going down, descent, equivalent to kataba- (stem of katabaínein to go down) + -sis-sis. See kata-, basis

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British Dictionary definitions for katabasis

katabasis
/ (kəˈtæbəsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
the retreat of the Greek mercenaries of Cyrus the Younger, after his death at Cunaxa, from the Euphrates to the Black Sea in 401–400 bc under the leadership of Xenophon: recounted in his AnabasisCompare anabasis
literary a retreat

Word Origin for katabasis

C19: from Greek: a going down, from katabainein to go down
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