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From the Ancient Greek ἀνάβασις (anábasis, a going up, an ascent), from ἀναβαίνω (anabaínō), from ᾰ̓νᾰ- (ana-, up) + βαίνω (baínō, to go).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˈnæbəsɪs/
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anabasis (plural anabases)

  1. (historical) a military march up-country, especially that of Cyrus the Younger into Asia.
    • 1838, Thomas de Quincey, The Avenger:
      During the French anabasis to Moscow he entered our service, made himself a prodigious favorite with the whole imperial family, and even now is only in his twenty−second year.
    • 1989, Anthony Burgess, Any Old Iron:
      ‘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.
    • 1989, Frederic Stewart Colwell, Rivermen, p. 47:
      The Wordsworthian journey to the source [] is more of an amble than an anabasis or strenuous heroic quest.
  2. (obsolete) The first period, or increase, of a disease; augmentation.



Further reading[edit]



From the Ancient Greek ἀνάβασις (anábasis).



anabasis f (genitive anabasis); third declension

  1. a plant: horse-tail
    • Naturalis Historia, Liber I.XXVI. 77 - 78.Gaius Plinius Secundus:
      hippuris sive ephedron sive anabasis quae equisetum
    • (Can we find and add a quotation of Pliny the Elder to this entry?)


Third-declension noun (i-stem).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative anabasis anabasēs
Genitive anabasis anabasium
Dative anabasī anabasibus
Accusative anabasem anabasēs
Ablative anabase anabasibus
Vocative anabasis anabasēs


  • ănăbăsĭs in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • ănăbăsis in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette, page 121/2
  • anabasis in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • anabasis” on page 125/3 of the Oxford Latin Dictionary (1st ed., 1968–82)