areopagus


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  1. a hill in Athens, Greece, W of the Acropolis.
  2. Greek History. the council that met on this hill, originally having wide public functions but later becoming a purely judicial body.
  3. any high tribunal.

noun

    1. the hill to the northwest of the Acropolis in Athens
    2. (in ancient Athens) the judicial council whose members (Areopagites) met on this hill
  1. literary any high court

1640s, Greek, Areios pagos “the hill of Ares,” west of the Acropolis in Athens, where the highest judicial court sat; second element from pagos “rocky hill.” Sense extended to “any important tribunal.”

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