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n. pl. am·phic·ty·o·nies
A league of neighboring ancient Greek states sharing a common religious center or shrine, especially the one at Delphi.
[Greek Amphiktuonia, from amphiktuones, variant of amphiktiones, neighbors : amphi-, on the periphery; see amphi- + ktizein, to settle; see tkei- in Indo-European roots.]
am·phic′ty·on′ic (-ŏn′ĭk) adj.
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n, pl -nies
(Historical Terms) (in ancient Greece) a religious association of states for the maintenance of temples and the cults connected with them
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am•phic•ty•o•ny(æmˈfɪk ti ə ni)
n., pl. -nies.
(in ancient Greece) any of the leagues of states, esp. the league at Delphi, united for mutual protection and the worship of a common deity.
[1825–35; < Greek Amphiktyonía=amphiktýon(es), orig. amphiktíones neighbors]
am•phic`ty•on′ic (-ˈɒn ɪk) adj.
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|Noun||1.||amphictyony - an association of neighboring states or tribes in ancient Greece; established originally to defend a common religious center|
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