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[pan-krey-shee-uh m]
noun, plural pan·cra·ti·a [pan-krey-shee-uh] /pænˈkreɪ ʃi ə/.
  1. (in ancient Greece) an athletic contest combining wrestling and boxing.
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Origin of pancratium

1595–1605; < Latin < Greek pankrátion all-power exercise (noun use of neuter adj.), equivalent to pan- pan- + krát(os) strength, mastery + -ion, neuter of -ios adj. suffix
Related formspan·crat·ic [pan-krat-ik] /pænˈkræt ɪk/, adjective
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noun plural -tia (-ʃɪə)
  1. (in ancient Greece) a wrestling and boxing contest
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Derived Formspancratic (pænˈkrætɪk), adjective

Word Origin for pancratium

C17: via Latin from Greek pankration, from pan- + kratos strength
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