- the high court of justice in ancient Athens that met on Areopagus
- any supreme court
Origin of AreopagusClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek Areiopagos ; from Areios, of Ares + pagos, hill
Origin of AreopagusLatin, from Greek Areios pagos, Areiopagos, hill of Ares, Areopagus (where the tribunal met) : Areios, of Ares (from Ar&emacron;s, Ares) + pagos, stiff mass, hill (from p&emacron;gnunai, pag-, to stick, stiffen; see pag- in Indo-European roots).
From Ancient Greek Άρειος Πάγος (Areios Pagos, “Areios Pagos”), the "Rock of Ares", which in classical times functioned as the high Court of Appeal for criminal and civil cases in Athens.