Definition of Argive in English:


Line breaks: Ar¦give
Pronunciation: /ˈɑːgʌɪv
, -dʒʌɪv/


  • 1Relating to the ancient city of Argos.
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    • The Argive king Tantalus began a pattern of destruction for Argos after he offended the gods by feeding them his son Pelops at a banquet.
    • Perhaps the most famous statue of the classical period is the Doryphoros by the Argive sculptor Polyclitus, which he also referred to as the Canon.
    • But the author also lets us know that his heroine is committed to ideals of ‘tenderness and justice ‘that transcend national frontiers at a time when the Argive state is under threat.’
  • 1.1(Especially in Homer) Greek.


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  • 1A citizen of Argos.
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    • The Athenian alliance with the Argives, the Boeotians and the Corinthians against Sparta in the Corinthian War is portrayed as a gesture of compassion for the weak.
    • Here, perhaps some 24,000 Boeotians, Corinthians, Argives, Euboeans, and Athenians faced between 18,000 and 19,000 Spartans and their allies, in possibly the greatest hoplite battle ever fought.
    • Now that Spartan backing was no longer a guarantee of political ascendancy, one Euphron, who had previously exploited Spartan favour, persuaded the Argives and Arcadians to help him install democracy.
  • 1.1(Especially in Homer) a Greek person.


from Latin Argivus, from Greek Argeios 'relating to Argos'.

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