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The puristic, archaizing form of Modern Greek, having morphological and lexical features borrowed from Koine.

[Modern Greek kathareuousa, from Greek, feminine present participle of kathareuein, to be pure, from katharos, pure.]
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(ˌkɑːθəˈrɛvəˌsɑː) or


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a literary style of Modern Greek, derived from the Attic dialect of Ancient Greek and including many archaic features. Compare Demotic
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(ˌkɑ θəˈrɛv əˌsɑ, -sə, ˌkæθ ə-)

the puristic Modern Greek literary language (disting. from Demotic).
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Noun1.Katharevusa - literary style of Modern Greek containing features borrowed from Koine
Modern Greek, New Greek - the Greek language as spoken and written today
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References in periodicals archive ?
Study demotic, the everyday modern Greek, not katharevusa, which is strictly for academics.
Furthermore, during his stay in Greece in 1932, he learned that the Greeks make a formal distinction between the Katharevusa (pure language) and the Demotic (popular language).