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

  • noun A legendary figure who, out of devotion, pledged his life as a guarantee that his condemned friend Pythias would return to face execution. Both were subsequently pardoned.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as daman.

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  • proper noun A male given name
  • proper noun An English and Scottish patronymic surname.

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  • noun the friend of Phintias who pledged his life that Phintias would return (4th century BC)

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek Δάμων, a name famous for the story of Damon and Pythias; derivative of δαμάζω ("to tame, subdue").

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