American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to Argos or the ancient region of Argolis.
- adj. Of or relating to Greece or the Greeks.
- n. A Greek, especially an inhabitant of Argos or Argolis.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating to Argos, the historic capital of Argolis or Argeia in Greece, or to its inhabitants, or to Argolis, the territory of Argos. The Argive race is represented in Homer as the most powerful in Greece, and hence Argive is often used as equivalent to Grecian or Greek.
- n. A native or an inhabitant of Argos or of Argolis; a Greek.
- adj. Pertaining to Argos; (loosely) Greek.
- n. An inhabitant of Argos.
- n. poetic In the Homeric Iliad and Odyssey, and in later classical epics, an alternate name for an Achaean or Greek in general.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or performance to Argos, the capital of Argolis in Greece.
- adj. of or relating to the ancient Greek city of Argos or its people
- n. a native or inhabitant of the city of Argos
- From Latin Argīvus, from Ancient Greek Ἀργεῖος. (Wiktionary)
- Latin Argīvus, from Greek Argeios, from Argos . (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He refuses pending the decision of the Argive people, who decide in the favor of the Danaids.”
“The play begins with Adrastus and the Argive mothers seeking help from Aithra and her son Theseus within the Temple of Demeter.”
“The play ends with the Danaids retreating into the Argive walls, protected”
“No longer then cower before the hated Argive spear; for”
“At first the onset of the Argive spearmen broke our ranks; then they in turn gave ground; next, foot to foot and man to man, they fought their stubborn fray, many falling the while.”
“Clytemnestra's tomb a mingled cup of honey, milk, and frothing wine; then stand upon the heaped-up grave, and proclaim therefrom, "Helen, thy sister, sends thee these libations as her gift, fearing herself to approach thy tomb from terror of the Argive mob"; and bid her harbour kindly thoughts towards me and thee and my husband; towards these two wretched sufferers, too, whom Heaven hath afflicted.”
“But I will come again, bringing hither a host of Argive troops, spearmen clad in bronze; for countless warriors are awaiting my return, and king Eurystheus in person at their head; anxiously he waits the issue here on the borders of Alcathous 'realm.”
“Do all we could, and spite of every effort, scarce could we turn the Argive line in flight.”
“Argive myself, Argives I come to fetch, taking with me these runaways from my native city, on whom the doom of death was passed by our laws there; and we have right, since we rule our city independently, to ratify its sentences.”
“Argive spear! while I upon a foreign shore am called a slave for-sooth, leaving Asia, Europe's handmaid, and receiving in its place deadly marriage-bower.”
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