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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the Hellenists.
  • adj. Of or relating to postclassical Greek history and culture from the death of Alexander the Great to the accession of Augustus.
  • adj. Relating to or in the style of the Greek art or architecture of this period.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or relating to the period of the Greek culture, history, or art after the death of Alexander the Great (323 B.C.) to the defeat of Cleopatra and Mark Antony by Octavian (31 B.C.)--though this end-point is often debated.
  • adj. Of or relating to a Hellenist.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to the Hellenists.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Resembling or partaking of Hellenic character, but not truly Hellenic; combining Greek and foreign characteristics or elements, as many of the later Greeks and the Hellenized neighboring peoples, or the modified Greek language, thought, etc., current among them.
  • Particularly, in sculpture and painting, characteristic of the school of Greek art based on the art of Lysippus, the court sculptor of Alexander the Great, which may or may not be considered to include the work of Lysippus himself.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or characteristic of the classical Greek civilization

Etymologies

From German hellenistisch, from Ancient Greek Ἑλληνιστής (hellenistes, "one who uses the Greek language"), from Ἑλλάς (Hellas, "Greece"); as if Hellenist +‎ -ic. (Wiktionary)

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