Definition of Hellenism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈheləˌnizəm/


1The national character or culture of Greece, especially ancient Greece.
Example sentences
  • The award recognises published works wholly or mainly about Greece or the world of Hellenism and carries a prize of £5000.
  • But even as he constructs Hellenism as an ideal standard for Romanticism and modernity, he at the same time binds that point of reference to the national context of Greece itself, and thereby ties it to the fate of the Greek nation.
  • They had a shared sense of Hellenism and a common religion and language and often aligned themselves with native Greek concerns.
1.1The study or imitation of ancient Greek culture.
Example sentences
  • Strongly influenced by Hellenism, he sought to fuse Greek philosophy with Judaism and to export this mixture to the world.
  • It is not as history but rather as a model of history that Hellenism matters.
  • In this way, Christianity was clothed with Hellenism, and theology had begun.



Pronunciation: /ˈhelənəst/
Example sentences
  • He often referred to secular Jews as Hellenists.
  • They tore down the unholy altars of the Hellenists.
  • But even the most seasoned Hellenists would be hard-pressed to name the area I'm describing.


Early 17th century (denoting a Greek phrase or idiom): from Greek Hellēnismos, from Hellēnizein 'speak Greek, make Greek', from Hellēn 'a Greek'.

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Syllabification: Hel·len·ism

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