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

  • n. The puristic, archaizing form of Modern Greek, having morphological and lexical features borrowed from Koine.

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  • n. literary style of Modern Greek containing features borrowed from Koine


Modern Greek kathareuousa, from Greek, feminine present participle of kathareuein, to be pure, from katharos, pure.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • The original Greek text of I Confess One Baptism, published in 1983 and currently out of print, was written in Katharevusa, and many passages quoted therein are in an even older form of the Greek Language.



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