[ kah-thuh-rev-uh-sah, -suh, kath-uh-; Greek kah-thah-re-voo-sah ]
/ ˌkɑ θəˈrɛv əˌsɑ, -sə, ˌkæθ ə-; Greek ˌkɑ θɑˈrɛ vu sɑ /
the puristic Modern Greek literary language (distinguished from Demotic).
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Also called Hellenic.
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British Dictionary definitions for Katharevusa
/ (ˌkɑːθəˈrɛvəˌsɑː) /
a literary style of Modern Greek, derived from the Attic dialect of Ancient Greek and including many archaic featuresCompare Demotic
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