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Syllabification: po·lis
Pronunciation: /ˈpōləs, ˈpä-
 
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noun (plural poleis /ˈpälˌās/)

A city state in ancient Greece, especially as considered in its ideal form for philosophical purposes.
Example sentences
  • There were several hundred poleis in ancient Greece, many very small.
  • What we call the ancient Greek world was really hundreds of independent city-states or poleis.
  • Later these communities were organized into poleis or city-states.

Origin

Greek.

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polis2

Syllabification: po·lis
Pronunciation: /ˈpōləs
 
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noun

Scottish and Irish form of police.
Example sentences
  • As promised, the Belgian polis showed zero tolerance and set a standard for policing football supporters, other forces might aspire to.
  • Not sure if I can make it, but it was well-attended last year, we got mugshot by the polis, which must be the mark of a good demo.

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