from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of a pertaining to ancient Carthage, a city of northern Africa.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to ancient Carthage, a city and state on the northern coast of Africa, near the modern Tunis, founded by the Phenicians of Tyre in the ninth century B.C. See Punic.
  • n. An inhabitant or a native of Carthage.

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

  • adj. of or relating to or characteristic of ancient Carthage or its people or their language
  • n. a native or inhabitant of ancient Carthage


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  • Puritans create images of hats that sound like hannibal and hannibal of carthaginian flats

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  • From John Cassidy, writing in the New Yorker, October 10, 2011:

    "Outraged by this Carthaginian settlement, John Maynard Keynes wrote his first best-seller, 'The Economic Consequences of the Peace,' warning that the Versailles Treaty would prove disastrous for the victors as well as for the defeated."

    November 10, 2011

  • This dialogue from the play Sleuth provides a good example:

    MILO. I understand. How much sacking do you want done?

    ANDREW. A decent bit, I think. A few chairs on their backs, some china ornaments put to the sword. You know—convincing but not Carthaginian.

    January 29, 2011