Definition of katharevousa in English:
The purist form of modern Greek used in traditional literary writing, as opposed to the form that is spoken and used in everyday writing (called demotic).
- He excelled as a pupil and, like the minority of his generation who received schooling, he was taught through the medium of katharevousa - the archaic pure form of the Greek language.
- The chief problem with katharevousa was that it was an arbitrary mixture of ancient and modern features.
- But I have been told by a Greek friend about an uncle of hers, a priest, for whom katharevousa was the natural medium of expression.
early 20th century: modern Greek, literally 'purifying', feminine of kathareuōn, present active participle of Greek kathareuein 'be pure', from katharos 'pure'.
Definition of katharevousa in:
- British & World English dictionary
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the US
Most popular in the UK
Most popular in Canada
Most popular in Australia
Most popular in Malaysia
Most popular in Pakistan