adjective Date: 1865 of, relating to, or characteristic of an ephebe or ephebus

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  • ephebic — 1880 (the noun, ephebe, is attested from 1690s), from Gk. ephebos of age 18 20, from epi upon (see EPI (Cf. epi )) + hebe early manhood, from PIE *yegw a power, youth, strength. In classical Athens, a youth of 18 underwent his dokimasia, had his… …   Etymology dictionary

  • ephebic — ə̇ˈfēbik, (ˈ)e|f adjective Etymology: Greek ephēbikos, from ephēbos + ikos ic 1. : of or relating to the ephebi ephebic oath ephebic inscriptions 2. biology : being between the neanic and gerontic stages …   Useful english dictionary

  • ephebic — adj. [Gr. epi, upon; hebe, puberty] 1. Mature. 2. (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) The adult; between the neanic and gerontic stage; the winged adult stage. 3. (BRYOZOA) Zooids laid down during the phase of astogenic repetition …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • ephebic — See ephebe. * * * …   Universalium

  • ephebic — adjective a) youthful b) pubescent, adolescent See Also: ephebe, ephebus …   Wiktionary

  • ephebic — Rarely used term relating to the period of puberty or to a youth. [G. ephebikos, relating to youth, fr. hebe, youth] …   Medical dictionary

  • ephebic — adj. of a young citizen (in ancient Greece) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ephebic — ephe·bic …   English syllables

  • ephebic oath — ephebic oath, 1. (in ancient Greece) the oath by which ephebes bound themselves to the service and defense of their country. 2. any solemn promise made by young men to become good citizens …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ephebic Oath — The Ephebic Oath was an oath sworn by young men of ancient Athens upon induction into the Ephebic College, graduation from which was required to attain status as citizens. The oath, as traditionally rendered in English, is as follows::We will… …   Wikipedia

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