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/ (ˈpɒlɪˌmɑːk) /


(in ancient Greece) a civilian official, originally a supreme general

Nearby words

pole-vault, poleax, poleaxe, polecat, poleis, polemarch, polemic, polemical, polemicist, polemicize, polemics

Word Origin for polemarch

C16: from Greek polemarchos, from polemos war + archos ruler
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Word Origin and History for polemarch



"commander of the army" in Greek history, 1570s, from Greek polemarkhos "one who begins or leads a war," from polemos "war" + arkhos "leader, chief, ruler" (see archon).

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