Definition of anabasis in English:


Syllabification: a·nab·a·sis
Pronunciation: /əˈnabəsis

noun (plural anabases /-ˌsēz/)

  • 1A march from a coast into the interior, as that of the younger Cyrus into Asia in 401 bc, as narrated by Xenophon in his work Anabasis.
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    • The great resources of military manpower remaining are reflected in accounts of the famous procession mounted by him at Daphne, prior to his anabasis to the ‘Upper Satrapies’, a major military campaign, in which he met his death.
    • Seleucus then undertook an anabasis to regain Parthia, the results of which came to nothing.
  • 1.1A military advance.


early 18th century: Greek, literally 'ascent'.

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