Definition of aegis in English:

aegis

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Pronunciation: /ˈiːdʒɪs
 
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noun

  • 2(In classical art and mythology) an attribute of Zeus and Athene (or their Roman counterparts Jupiter and Minerva) usually represented as a goatskin shield.
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    • Here the goddess wears her high-crested helmet, and a himation replaces her aegis over the peplos.
    • Athena wears her high-crested Attic helmet, a colorful and embroidered peplos, and her aegis.
    • That's why he let her use his insignia: the terrible shield, the aegis and his devastating weapon, the ray.

Origin

early 17th century (denoting armour or a shield, especially that of a god): via Latin from Greek aigis 'shield of Zeus'.

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