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1. One in Hellenistic times who adopted the Greek language and culture, especially a Jew of the Diaspora.
2. A devotee or student of Greek civilization, language, or literature.


1. (Historical Terms) Also called: Hellenizer (in the Hellenistic world) a non-Greek, esp a Jew, who adopted Greek culture
2. a student of the Greek civilization or language


(ˈhɛl ə nɪst)

1. a person, esp. in ancient times, adopting Greek speech, ideas, or customs.
2. a person who admires or studies Greek civilization.
[1605–15; < Greek]


a classicist whose specialization or preference is for Greek language and culture.
See also: Greece and Greeks
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Numerous biblical and historical accounts record the commitment of 1st century Christians to observe these days, which ultimately were gradually eclipsed by ancient Hellenist (Greek) and other influences.
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Theoretically, the "common" European cultural tradition has a double root: the Hellenist one and the Judaic-Christian one.
In the spread of Christianity into the West, and in its dialogue with Hellenist Greeks who seemingly had a metaphysical intelligibility of nature but not of God, a movement had come about in which there was generally no transcendental approach to nature, but only one general yet particular way of understanding and reaching God based on a specific theological narrative.
Christophe Corbier, a Hellenist known It his work on Maurice Emmanuel, gives us a detailed look at that composer's resistance of traditional Conservatory instruction and the reasons for his ultimate decision not to compete for the Prix de Rome.
John McLaughlin was always the cagey, elliptical Zen master; Hammersley, the subtle, genteel, and muscular wit; and Benjamin, always the sybaritic Hellenist, aghast at the infinity of options that his brand of oil painting promised.
A Jew in Jerusalem did not belong to the same society as a Hellenist in Caesarea, only a hundred miles away.
It is named for the Maccabee brother who fell at the site while killing an enemy war elephant during a battle more than 2,140 years ago with the Hellenist Syrian enemies of that day.
He may be regarded as a Hellenist, as he spent most of his life researching Classical philology and archaeology, especially ancient Greece.
The wicked shall be wicked, and none of the wicked will understand (that is, the Hellenist Jews will not betray you), but the wise ones (that is, the Hasidim to whom the Book is addressed) will understand.