Abyssinia


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Ab·ys·sin·i·a

 (ăb′ĭ-sĭn′ē-ə)

Abyssinia

(ˌæbɪˈsɪnɪə)
n
(Placename) a former name for Ethiopia

E•thi•o•pi•a

(ˌi θiˈoʊ pi ə)

n.
1. 1 Formerly, Abyssinia. a republic in E Africa: formerly a monarchy. 58,680,383; 424,724 sq. mi. (1,100,000 sq. km).Cap.: Addis Ababa.
2. Also called Abyssinia. an ancient kingdom in NE Africa, bordering on Egypt and the Red Sea.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Abyssinia - Ethiopia is a republic in northeastern Africa on the Red SeaAbyssinia - Ethiopia is a republic in northeastern Africa on the Red Sea; formerly called Abyssinia
Rastafarian - (Ethiopia) adherents of an African religion that regards Ras Tafari as divine
Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, New Flower - the capital of Ethiopia and the country's largest city; located in central Ethiopia
Horn of Africa, Somali peninsula - a peninsula of northeastern Africa (the easternmost part of Africa) comprising Somalia and Djibouti and Eritrea and parts of Ethiopia
Africa - the second largest continent; located to the south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean
Lake Tana, Lake Tsana - a lake in northern Ethiopia; the largest lake in Ethiopia and the source of the Blue Nile
Ethiopian - a native or inhabitant of Ethiopia
Translations
Abessinia
Abessinia

Abyssinia

[ˌæbɪˈsɪnɪə] NAbisinia f

Abyssinia

nAbessinien nt
References in classic literature ?
In his account of the mission, where his veracity is most to be suspected, he neither exaggerates overmuch the merits of the Jesuits, if we consider the partial regard paid by the Portuguese to their countrymen, by the Jesuits to their society, and by the Papists to their church, nor aggravates the vices of the Abyssins; but if the reader will not be satisfied with a Popish account of a Popish mission, he may have recourse to the history of the church of Abyssinia, written by Dr.
In the account of Abyssinia, and the continuation, the authors have been followed with more exactness, and as few passages appeared either insignificant or tedious, few have been either shortened or omitted.
Koner, triumphantly demonstrated the feasibility of the journey, its chances of success, the nature of the obstacles existing, the immense advantages of the aerial mode of locomotion, and found fault with nothing but the selected point of departure, which it contended should be Massowah, a small port in Abyssinia, whence James Bruce, in 1768, started upon his explorations in search of the sources of the Nile.
He was a colonel in the cavalry of Abyssinia, a country of which I do not remember ever hearing, but which Colonel Belik assured me is the oldest civilized country in the world.
He considered whites inferior beings, creatures of a lower order, and assuring me that even the few white freemen of Abyssinia were never accorded anything approximating a position of social equality with the blacks.
The Abyssinians themselves are a fine looking race of black men--tall, muscular, with fine teeth, and regular features, which incline distinctly toward Semitic mold--I refer to the full-blooded natives of Abyssinia.
In a week he had finished Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia.
On the mountains of Abyssinia, several European forms and some few representatives of the peculiar flora of the Cape of Good Hope occur.
We see, however, a few southern vegetable forms on the mountains of Borneo and Abyssinia.
Your lighter boxes of family papers went up-stairs into a Barmecide room, that always had a great dining-table in it and never had a dinner, and where, even in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty, the first letters written to you by your old love, or by your little children, were but newly released from the horror of being ogled through the windows, by the heads exposed on Temple Bar with an insensate brutality and ferocity worthy of Abyssinia or Ashantee.
On the way to Abyssinia he had been shipwrecked once, ambushed countless times and faced down certain death.
The result of that meeting two years ago has led to a new play, Abyssinia, which sold out during its four-week London run and - aptly - opens at the Everyman tonight.