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An athletic contest in ancient Greece that involved boxing and wrestling.

[Latin, from Greek pankration : pan-, pan- + kratos, strength; see -cracy.]
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n, pl -tia (-ʃɪə)
(Historical Terms) (in ancient Greece) a wrestling and boxing contest
[C17: via Latin from Greek pankration, from pan- + kratos strength]
pancratic, pancratian adj
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(pænˈkreɪ ʃi əm)

a form of freestyle wrestling practiced in ancient Greece, allowing nearly unlimited use of the hands and feet.
[1595–1605; < Latin < Greek pankrátion=pan- pan- + krát(os) strength, mastery]
pan•crat′ic (-ˈkræt ɪk) adj.
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