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academe Tweet Definition of academe Like Definition of academe on Facebook
noun
  1. (poetic) An academy; a place of learning.
aedile Tweet Definition of aedile Like Definition of aedile on Facebook
noun
  1. (in rhe Roman republic) An elected official who was responsible for the maintenance of public buildings and the regulation of festivals; also supervised markets and the supply of grain and water.
aeolian Tweet Definition of aeolian Like Definition of aeolian on Facebook
adjective
  1. Of, relating to, caused by, or carried by the wind
  1. (geology) carried, deposited or eroded by the wind.
    Outside the sounds came from the woods, where the wind blew contumely through the trees.
agon Tweet Definition of agon Like Definition of agon on Facebook
noun (pl=agons, pl2=agones)
  1. A struggle or contest; conflict; especially between the protagonist and antagonist in a literary work.
  2. A test of will; a conflict
"Freud's originality stemmed from his aggression and ambition in his agon with biology" (Harold Bloom).
  1. A contest in ancient Greece, as in athletics or music, in which prizes were awarded.
  2. A two-player boardgame played with a hexagonally-tiled board, popular in Victorian times. Also known as queen's guard.
agonistic Tweet Definition of agonistic Like Definition of agonistic on Facebook
adjective
  1. Trying to win an argument.
  2. Struggling to attain effect in an argument.
  3. Of or relating to contests that were originally participated in by the Ancient Greeks.
alexandrian Tweet Definition of alexandrian Like Definition of alexandrian on Facebook
adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to Alexandria in Egypt; as, the Alexandrian library.
  2. Applied to a kind of heroic verse. See Alexandrine, noun.
anabasis Tweet Definition of anabasis Like Definition of anabasis on Facebook
noun
  1. a military march up-country, especially that of w:Cyrus the Younger, Cyrus the Younger into Asia
  • 1989: "I have a feeling that if we follow a scent of spring on the air with sufficient eagerness we"ll come to a south without snow more quickly than we think. Thalassa, thalassa. This is what the Greeks called an anabasis." They looked at him as if he were barmy. (Burgess, Any Old Iron)
Antiquity Tweet Definition of Antiquity Like Definition of Antiquity on Facebook
noun
  1. As a proper noun, usually used to refer to the period of w:Ancient Greece, Ancient Greece and w:Ancient Rome, Ancient Rome.
assyriology Tweet Definition of assyriology Like Definition of assyriology on Facebook
noun
  1. The study of the ancient Assyrian archaeological culture.
augur Tweet Definition of augur Like Definition of augur on Facebook
noun
  1. A diviner who foretells events by the behaviour of birds or other animals, or by signs derived from celestial phenomena, or unusual occurrences.
verb (augurs, auguring, augured)
  1. To foretell events; to exhibit signs of future events.
augury Tweet Definition of augury Like Definition of augury on Facebook
noun (auguries)
  1. A divination based on the appearance and behaviour of animals.
  2. (context, by extension) An omen or prediction; a foreboding.
Augustan Tweet Definition of Augustan Like Definition of Augustan on Facebook
adjective
  1. Pertaining to the times of the Roman emperor Augustus (63 BC - AD 14).
  2. Pertaining to the Roman poetic literature during this time.
  3. Pertaining to the period of English literature during the first half of the 18th century, known for satire and political themes.
Augustus Tweet Definition of Augustus Like Definition of Augustus on Facebook
proper noun
  1. The Roman emperor w:Augustus, Augustus, also called w:Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus, Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus (63 BC - AD 14); heir to w:Julius Caesar, Julius Caesar
auspice Tweet Definition of auspice Like Definition of auspice on Facebook
noun
  1. Patronage, support or protection.
This building was built under the auspices of the Friends of the Poor.
  1. An omen or a sign.
The circle of vultures was not a good .
  1. (obsolete) Divination from the actions of birds.

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