Hellenism Hel"len*ism, n. [Gr. ?: cf. F. Hell['e]nisme.] 1. A phrase or form of speech in accordance with genius and construction or idioms of the Greek language; a Grecism. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. The type of character of the ancient Greeks, who aimed at culture, grace, and amenity, as the chief elements in human well-being and perfection. [1913 Webster]

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