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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to Alexander the Great.
  • adjective Of or relating to Alexandria, Egypt.
  • adjective Of, characteristic of, or belonging to a learned school of Hellenistic literature, science, and philosophy located at Alexandria in the last three centuries BC.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to Alexandria, an important city of Egypt, founded by Alexander the Great in 332 b. c.
  • Pertaining to Alexander the Great.
  • A school of Christian philosophy and theology at Alexandria during the first five centuries; especially, the catechetical school of Alexandria, existing in that city from the earliest times of Christianity down to about a. d. 400, for the purpose of instruction in the Christian faith, and distinguished for the high attainments of its instructors in pagan as well as in Christian philosophy and literature. Among its most famous directors were St. Clement and Origen. This school was remarkable for its attempt to accommodate Greek philosophy to Christianity and to make use of it in Christian teaching, thus antagonizing Judaizing views, according to which there was and could be nothing in common between the two. In some of its forms it tended on the one extreme to a philosophic rationalism, on the other to an idealizing mysticism. Alexandria continued to be the most important center of Christian theology down to the time of the Council of Chalcedon, a. d. 451.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to Alexandria in Egypt.
  • adjective Applied to a kind of heroic verse. See Alexandrine, n.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to Alexandria in Egypt.
  • adjective not comparable Applied to a kind of heroic verse.

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

  • noun a resident or native of Alexandria (especially Alexandria in Egypt)
  • adjective of or relating to Alexander the Great or his empire

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