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Hellenism Syllabification: Hel·len·ism
Pronunciation: /ˈheləˌnizəm/

Definition of Hellenism in English:


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.
Pronunciation: /ˌheləniˈzāSHən/
Example sentences
  • The increased pace of Hellenizations led to riots.
Pronunciation: /ˈheləˌnīz/
Example sentences
  • After the Macedonian invasion, a Greek dynasty was established in Iran and they in turn tried to ‘Hellenize’ the culture.
  • The honeymoon period ends with a bang as he takes deliberate steps between 169 BCE and 167 BCE to Hellenize the Jews of Israel by attempting to destroy Judaism.
  • He Hellenizes his material in numerous ways.
Pronunciation: /-ˌnīzər/
Example sentences
  • Jason, considered by scholars a moderate Hellenizer, held office as high priest for three years.
  • Since the war, however, those who have made Paul a Hellenizer have done so to damn him.
  • When the minimalists and Hellenizers called upon the Syrians for still more help, assimilation became a matter of coercion.


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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