Anabasis definition

ə-năbə-sĭs
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An advance; an expedition.
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A large-scale military advance, especially the Greek mercenary expedition across Asia Minor in 401 bc led by Cyrus the Younger of Persia, as described by Xenophon. It was unsuccessful, and the Greeks, led by Xenophon, retreated to the Black Sea.
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(proper) The unsuccessful military expedition (401-400 b.c.) of Cyrus the Younger to overthrow Artaxerxes II.
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(proper) A book about this by Xenophon.
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Any large military expedition.
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A military march up-country, especially that of Cyrus the Younger into Asia.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
anabasis
Plural:
anabases

Origin of anabasis

  • Greek from anabainein to go up anabaena

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek ἀνάβασις (anabasis, “a going up, an ascent”), from ἀναβαίνω (anabainō, “to go up”), from ἀνά (ana, “up”) + βαίνω (bainō , “to walk”).

    From Wiktionary