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1. An idiom or custom peculiar to the Greeks.
2. The civilization and culture of ancient Greece.
3. Admiration for and adoption of Greek ideas, style, or culture.


1. (Historical Terms) the principles, ideals, and pursuits associated with classical Greek civilization
2. (Peoples) the spirit or national character of the Greeks
3. (Historical Terms) the spirit or national character of the Greeks
4. (Historical Terms) conformity to, imitation of, or devotion to the culture of ancient Greece
5. (Historical Terms) the cosmopolitan civilization of the Hellenistic world


(ˈhɛl əˌnɪz əm)

1. ancient Greek culture or ideals.
2. the imitation or adoption of ancient Greek language, thought, customs, art, etc.
3. the characteristics of Greek culture, esp. after the time of Alexander the Great; civilization of the Hellenistic period.
[1600–10; < Greek]


1. the culture and ideals of the ancient Greeks.
2. the use of a Greek idiom in writing in another language.
3. the adoption or imitation of ancient Greek language, thought, art, or customs. — Hellenist, n.
See also: Greece and Greeks
Ancient Greek culture and ideals. — Hellenist, n.
See also: Antiquity
the forms and ideals of ancient Greek art. See also antiquity.
See also: Art
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Noun1.Hellenism - the principles and ideals associated with classical Greek civilization
principle - a rule or standard especially of good behavior; "a man of principle"; "he will not violate his principles"
hellenismikreikkalainen uskontokreikkalaisuus
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He found the essence of Hellenism expressed in a phrase which he took from Swift, 'Sweetness and Light,' interpreting Sweetness to mean the love of Beauty, material and spiritual, and Light, unbiased intelligence; and he urged that these forces be allowed to have the freest play.
On the Cyprus problem, the president repeated that he knew well the boundaries inside which the survival of Cypriot Hellenism was ensured.
Nevertheless, today's sad anniversary of the brutal Turkish invasion of Cyprus, which marked one of the most tragic pages in the history of Hellenism, coincides with a ray of hope.
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I am here to attend the funeral of Clerides not merely to express my personal grief, but to bestow a special honour on behalf of Hellenism to a fine political man who indissolubly linked his name with the modern history of the island," Greek Premier Samaras told reporters.
I am sure that the National Council, the political forces in general, we will work methodically so through a comprehensive framework of proposals to be able to withdraw what is considered unacceptable by the vast majority of Hellenism.
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Roman Emperor Justinian in his famous Code declared Hellenism an unclean and abominable heresy abhorred by God.
Even then, back those misty millennia when Hellenism ruled the