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Hellenic

[he-len-ik, -lee-nik]
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the ancient Greeks or their language, culture, thought, etc., especially before the time of Alexander the Great.Compare Hellenistic(def 3).
  2. Greek.
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noun
  1. Also called Greek. a branch of the Indo-European family of languages, comprising a variety of ancient, medieval, and modern dialects and languages, all of them called Greek.
  2. Katharevusa.
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Origin of Hellenic

First recorded in 1635–45, Hellenic is from the Greek word Hellēnikós of, pertaining to the Greeks. See Hellene, -ic
Related formsHel·len·i·cal·ly, adverbnon-Hel·len·ic, adjectivepre-Hel·len·ic, adjectivepro-Hel·len·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for pre-hellenic

Historical Examples

  • Really of pre-Hellenic date, the place claimed to be an Argive colony.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7

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  • It is because of this that we find coexisting in the pre-Hellenic times the sorcery of the Celt and the polytheism of the Hindu.

  • I agree that the "non-Homeric sagas" represent more faithfully the primitive pre-Hellenic habits of thought.

  • Of such urns I have found an immense number in all the pre-Hellenic strata on the hill.

    Troy and its Remains

    Henry (Heinrich) Schliemann

  • It is also impossible for me to ascertain its breadth without breaking down the curious pre-Hellenic house.

    Troy and its Remains

    Henry (Heinrich) Schliemann


British Dictionary definitions for pre-hellenic

Hellenic

adjective
  1. of or relating to the ancient or modern Greeks or their language
  2. of or relating to ancient Greece or the Greeks of the classical period (776–323 bc)Compare Hellenistic
  3. another word for Greek
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noun
  1. a branch of the Indo-European family of languages consisting of Greek in its various ancient and modern dialects
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Derived FormsHellenically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for pre-hellenic

Hellenic

adj.

"pertaining to Greece," 1640s, from Greek Hellenikos, from Hellen "a Greek," of unknown origin. Earliest surviving use is by Homer in reference to a Thessalian tribe.

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