Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To adopt Greek ways and speech; become Greek.
  • transitive v. To make Greek in character, culture, or civilization.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To use the language and culture of the ancient Greeks, to become Hellenistic.
  • v. To make or become Greek in character, language, culture, or civilization.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To use the Greek language; to play the Greek; to Grecize.
  • transitive v. To give a Greek form or character to; to Grecize.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make Hellenic or Hellenistic; cause to conform to Greek standards in any particular.
  • To conform to Greek standards or usages.
  • To use the Greek language.
  • To exhibit a tendency to Hellenism; cultivate Hellenism as an ideal of thinking and conduct. See Hellenism, 2.
  • Also spelled Hellenise.

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek Ἑλληνίζω (Hellēnizō, "to speak Greek, to make Greek, to become Greek"), from Ἕλλην (Hellēn, "Greek"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In fact, they ran into a number of conflicts during their attempts to 'Hellenize' everyone.

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  • Antiochus IV Epiphanes, after that king had attempted to "Hellenize" the inhabitants by, among other things, sacrificing a pig inside the Temple.

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  • The super committee should write a good plan now if it can do so, but it should not take a bad deal that could hurt the economy and further Hellenize America's debt crisis.

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  • By this view, the ethnic homogenization of northern Greece – which started with the Balkan wars at the beginning of the last century and culminated in the post-World War II settlement in the region – was intended to Hellenize the Slav populations of Northern Greece.

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  • More than twenty-one centuries ago, the Holy Land was ruled by the Seleucids Syrian-Greeks, who sought to forcefully Hellenize the people of Israel.

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  • Tigranes desperately wanted to be the civilized ruler of a Hellenized kingdom-and what better way to Hellenize it than to implant colonies of Greek speakers within its borders?

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  • In the palace of the Caesars Josephus became a reputable Greco-Roman chronicler, deliberately accommodating himself to the tastes of the conquerors of his people, and deliberately seeking, as Renan said, “to Hellenize his compatriots,” i.e. to describe them from a Hellenized point of view.

    Josephus

  • The patriarch was accused of anti - national sentiments, of trying to Hellenize the Russian Church, of corrupting the old faith.

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  • “Hellenize a little,” to “turn the free stream of our thought” on the Liberal policy of the moment; and to “see how this is related to the intelligible law of human life, and to national well-being and happiness.”

    Matthew Arnold

  • He could Hellenize and philosophize, and, on occasion, he could Romanticize; but 'The Song of the Bell' shows how deeply, after all, his feeling was rooted in the life of the German people.

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