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

  • n. A Greek who rescued his friend Damon, who stood bail for Pythias when he was condemned to die.

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  • n. friend of Damon; Phintias (according to legend) was condemned to death by Dionysius the Elder and asked a respite to put his affairs in order; Damon pledged his life for the return of his friend; when Phintias returned in time the tyrant released them both (4th century BC)

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Examples

  • Among those who came under it was a Pythagorean called Pythias, who was sentenced to death, according to the usual fate of those who fell under his suspicion.

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  • (Aegis, 21 October 1895) is a haunted house tale concerning Chaldean necromancy, psychic forces, and astral forms being discussed with exhausting erudition by Damon Van Buster, somebody called "Pythias," and George and Fred (no last names), the latter a medical student "deep in Gray's Anatomy."

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  • And there rises up before me all that was there foreshadowed, and I see visions of Damon and Pythias, of life-saving crews and

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  • The view from the terrace is of the ornate columns of the upper stories of a building on West 70th Street built in 1926 for the Knights of Pythias.

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  • I think most Americans would agree that the gals have a Damon and Pythias

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  • It bore the Knights of Pythias name and insignia above names of World War I casualties, among them: a Schwartz, a Dickstein and a Katz.

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  • Representatives from the Knights of Pythias secular fraternity were not able to offer insight into the disproportionate number of Jewish names on the plague.

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  • They spend a night in the Birchall mansion where Pythias and Damon play chess.

    The woe of an aspiring genius.

  • During the game Damon is possessed by an evil spirit and tries to throttle Pythias.

    The woe of an aspiring genius.

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