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.
In fact, they ran into a number of conflicts during their attempts to 'Hellenize' everyone.
Antiochus IV Epiphanes, after that king had attempted to "Hellenize" the inhabitants by, among other things, sacrificing a pig inside the Temple.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
The patriarch was accused of anti - national sentiments, of trying to Hellenize the Russian Church, of corrupting the old faith.
“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.”
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.