Definition of anabasis in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈnabəsəs/

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.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: a·nab·a·sis

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