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Either via French Hellenisme or Latin or directly from Ancient Greek Ἑλληνισμός (Ἑllinismós, imitation of the Greeks), from Ancient Greek Έλλην (Éllēn, a Greek)


Hellenism (countable and uncountable, plural Hellenisms)

  1. Any of the characteristics of ancient Greek culture, civilization, principles and ideals, including humanism, reason, the pursuit of knowledge and the arts, moderation and civic responsibility.
  2. The culture and civilization of the Hellenistic period.
  3. The admiration for and adoption of ancient Greek culture, ideas and civilization.
  4. The national character or culture of Greece.
  5. The belief in and worship of the Greek gods.

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