Definitions

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

  • n. An athletic contest in ancient Greece that involved boxing and wrestling.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An athletic contest involving both boxing and wrestling.

Etymologies

Latin, from Greek pankration : pan-, pan- + kratos, strength; see -cracy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin, from Ancient Greek παγκράτιον (pankration) a complete contest, from all-powerful; all + strength. See pankration. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Olympiad being that in which Androsthenes, an Arcadian, won his first victory in the pancratium.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • Do you think, fellow citizens, that any man would ever have been willing to train for the pancratium or any other of the harder contests in the Olympic games … if the crown were given, not to the best man, but to the man who had successfully intrigued for it?

    Olympics? I don’t think so…. « Mudpuddle

  • But as in the games they honor those champions who on the same day gain the garland, both in wrestling and in the pancratium, with the name of “Victors and more,” so Cimon, honoring Greece with a sea and land victory on the same day, may claim a certain preeminence among commanders.

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • He often appointed prizes, for which not only tragedians and musicians, pipers and harpers, but rhapsodists also, strove to outvie one another; and delighted in all manner of hunting and cudgel-playing, but never gave any encouragement to contests either of boxing or of the pancratium.

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • And the same holds in boxing and in the pancratium?

    Charmides, or Temperance

  • At least say, that you have just seen Ephudion doing well in the pancratium with Ascondas and, that despite his age and his white hair, he is still robust in loin and arm and flank and that his chest is a very breast-plate.

    The Wasps

  • Who ever contested at the pancratium with a breast-plate on?

    The Wasps

  • Pancratiast, competitor in the pancratium, a combined contest which comprised boxing and wrestling.

    Meditations

  • At least say, that you have just seen Ephudion making good play in the pancratium [139] with Ascondas and, that despite his age and his white hair, he is still robust in loin and arm and flank and that his chest is a very breastplate.

    The Eleven Comedies, Volume 2

  • As a cut bloom, the Christmas Rose vies with the eucharis and pancratium.

    Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers Describing the Most Desirable Plants, for Borders, Rockeries, and Shrubberies.

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