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graecicize (third-person singular simple present graecicizes, present participle graecicizing, simple past and past participle graecicized)

  1. (transitive) To translate a word or name into the Greek language, or render it in a Greek form.
    • 1883, F. Warrington Eastlake, "Equine Deities", in Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan, vol. XI, R. Meiklejohn & Co., Yokohama.
      For not only was Yauk a sun-god of the Sabaeans, but Set, under the title of Tebha, graecicized Typhon, was a personification of the destructive energy of the great orb.
    • 1935, The Geographical Magazine, Michael Huxley (ed.), vol. I.
      ...Philipp Melanchthon, who, in honour of classical learning graecicized his German name of Schwarzerd.
    • 1989, Chaim Rabin, "Terminology development in the revival of a language: the case of contemporary Hebrew", in Language Adaptation, Florian Coulmas (ed.), Cambridge University Press.
      "Arimanios" seems to be a graecicized form of "Ahriman," the evil cosmic principle in Zoroastrian teaching.
  2. (transitive) To apply the qualities of Greek to another language.
    • 1984, Antoine Berman, The Experience of the Foreign: Culture and Translation in Romantic Germany (L'Épreuve de l'étranger), State University of New York Press, Albany (S. Heyvaert, trans., 1992).
      If Hölderlin had merely "dialectized" or "graecicized" his poetic language, its balancing double dimension and its differentiating power would disappear...
  3. (transitive) To transliterate precisely a Greek word or name that is commonly Latinized or anglicized.
    The author insisted on graecicizing the names of figures such as Aristotle, Plato, and Alexander as "Aristoteles", "Platon", and "Alexandros".
  4. (transitive) To assimilate or acquire characteristics of Greek culture, language, or tradition.

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