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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
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"
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Chapter 5 discusses the Jerusalem community, especially the distinction between the Hebrews and the Hellenists, with particular emphasis on their understanding of the mission to the Gentiles.
24) In another treaty, Justinian allowed Hellenists to return from Persia and practice their religion in peace.
Articles cover ancient philosophy in relation to the analytic tradition, and figures from the Presocratics to the Hellenists, to the late Aristotelian and Platonic commentators and Neoplatonists.
It could also be said that the Hellenists were predominantly right in principle and the Christians in fact, at least in a particular sense that can be discerned without difficulty.
Within ancient Near Eastern art, the Neo-Assyrian relief sculptures suggest themselves as a promising corpus to study with the method that has proved so fruitful for the Hellenists.
Jackson was a staunch supporter of societies, (11) such the Hibernian Hellenists (from 1985), the American Philological Association (from 1986--he attended the American Philological Conference in 1988), and, of course, the Classical Association of South Africa (from 1990 on).
The famous meal involving Paul, Cephas, and men from James resulted in Paul's going beyond even the Antioch Hellenists to take the gospel to non-Jews (Gentiles).
46) In a talk he gave at the Sorbonne in 1952, he argues that "[l]earned philologists and great Hellenists, analysing and presenting the work of the ancient tragedians, compare it to the pediment of the ancient temple.
Some Orientalists, like James Damasteter and Sylvain Levi, and Hellenists like Salomon Reinach, identified themselves more with this tradition.
At that time the most significant culture in the land was without a doubt Jewish, but in the region, and sometimes even in the same cities, lived people of other cultures such as Hellenists, Samaritans, Edomites, Phoenicians and others.
The Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Hellenists, and Romans were all tools of God to punish the stiff-necked people of God.
Hellenists and Hebrews, Peter, James, and Paul--everyone gets along and is, more or less, of one mind.