Related to symposiac: symposia


n. pl. sym·po·si·ums or sym·po·si·a (-zē-ə)
1. A meeting or conference for discussion of a topic, especially one in which the participants form an audience and make presentations.
2. A collection of writings on a particular topic, as in a magazine.
3. A convivial meeting for drinking, music, and intellectual discussion among the ancient Greeks.

[Latin, drinking party, from Greek sumposion : sun-, syn- + posis, drinking; see pō(i)- in Indo-European roots.]

sym·po′si·ac′ (-zē-ăk′) adj.
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(Education) Also: symposial of, suitable for, or occurring at a symposium
(Education) an archaic word for symposium
[C17: from Latin symposiacus; see symposium]
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The former group, we know, exercised their talents not only in the private circle of the symposium but also in more public places such as baths and palaistrai, and it is likely that the latter group did too; in order to be a symposiac kolax, after all, one had first to get some invitations.
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Symposiacs 2.9) highlights the attitude of the wolf in comparison to that of the farmer (Mankin 1995:84).
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