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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.
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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
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(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]
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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"
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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.
Also attending the meeting was Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou, to whom the Patriarch expressed his gratitude, describing him as "the person that stands by the expatriates of Hellenism in Cyprus, Greece and our works in Egypt."
Fox noted, Niebuhr understood by this time that "Christians needed the leaven of pure Hebraism to counteract the Hellenism to which they were prone." Niebuhr now argued forcefully that Christians had no business trying to convert Jews.
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Born as Konstantinos Psellos in Constantinople in 1018, the polymath Michael Psellos has been described by one noted Byzantinist as 'the most amazing figure in Byzantine history' (Anthony Kaldellis, Hellenism in Byzantium: The Transformations of Greek Identity and the Reception of the Classical Tradition, Cambridge University Press, 2007, p.
Sisi, Greek, Cypriot counterparts launch Revival of Hellenism in Egypt initiative
Christianity and Hellenism in the Fifth-Century Greek East: Theodoret's Apologetics against the Greeks in Context.
"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. At the same time we will not despise and we will not ignore the concerns of anyone - and I mean the Turkish Cypriots.
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