/hel"euh niz'euhm/, n.
1. ancient Greek culture or ideals.
2. the imitation or adoption of ancient Greek language, thought, customs, art, etc.: the Hellenism of Alexandrian Jews.
3. the characteristics of Greek culture, esp. after the time of Alexander the Great; civilization of the Hellenistic period.
[1600-10; < Gk Hellenismós an imitation of or similarity to the Greeks. See HELLENE, -ISM]

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