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A heavily armed foot soldier of ancient Greece.

[Greek hoplītēs, from hoplon, armor.]

hop·lit′ic (-lĭt′ĭk) adj.
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(Historical Terms) (in ancient Greece) a heavily armed infantryman
[C18: from Greek hoplitēs, from hoplon weapon, from hepein to prepare]
hoplitic adj
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(ˈhɒp laɪt)

a heavily armed foot soldier of ancient Greece.
[1720–30; < Greek hoplitēs=hópl(on) piece of armor, particularly the large shield + -ītēs -ite1]
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A Greek heavily armed foot soldier who largely replaced the more aristocratic cavalry and chariot fighter.
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The Spartan mastery in the hoplitic [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], along with the edge it would have granted in battle, was perceived to be so important that tradition had Lycurgus forbid the Spartans to fight frequently with the same enemy, so as not to train them unwittingly in hoplite warfare (see Plut.