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Damon and Pythias

Definition:

according to a Greek legend: when Pythias was sentenced to be executed Damon took his place to allow Pythias to get his affairs in order; when Pythias returned in time to save Damon the king was so impressed that he let them both live

Class:

person noun (people)

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Damon and Pythias | Phintias

symbolizes trust and loyalty in a true friendship. As told by Aristoxenus, and after him Cicero, Diodorus Siculus, and others, around the 4th century BC, Pythias and his friend Damon, both followers of the philosopher Pythagoras, traveled to Syracuse. ... (39 of 1730 words)

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Collins Dictionary:

Damon and Pythias [classical mythology]

two friends noted for their mutual loyalty. Damon offered himself as a hostage for Pythias, who was to be executed for treason by Dionysius of ... (25 of 277 words, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/damon-and-pythias

Columbia Encyclopedia:

Damon and Pythias | Damon | Pythias

two youths whose loyalty to each other symbolizes true friendship. Pythias, a Pythagorean, condemned to death for plotting against Dionysius I of ... (22 of 85 words, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

Damon and Pythias [Greek legend]

two friends whose mutual loyalty was shown by Damon's offer of his life as pledge that Pythias would return from settling his affairs to be executed ... (26 of 44 words)

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New World Dictionary:

Damon and Pythias [Class. Legend]

friends so devoted to each other that when Pythias, who has been condemned to death, wants time to arrange his affairs, Damon pledges his life that ... (26 of 38 words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

friend | Friend | make | to | one's friends | friend with | be friends with | be no friend of | a friend at court | ...

a person with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically one exclusive of sexual or family relations | (used as a polite form of address or in ... (28 of 504 words, 21 definitions, 15 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

friend | friends [plural] | friends in high places | just good friends | make friends | no friend of

[countable] someone you know well and like, but who is not a member of your ... | [countable] a country that has a good relationship with another ... (26 of 311 words, 8 definitions, 16 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/friend

Merriam-Webster:

friend [entry 1, noun] | Friend [sense-specific] | be friends with | amigos [friend, plural] | buddy [friend] | comrade [friend] | crony [friend] | mate [friend, British] | Quaker [sense-specific] | ...

one attached to another by affection or esteem ; "acquaintance" | one that is not hostile ; one that is of the same nation, party, or group | one that ... (28 of 308 words, 6 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/friend

friend [entry 2, verb] | befriend [synonym]

to act as the friend of; "befriend" (7 of 23 words, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

friend | friended [past tense] | friending [present participle] | friends [3rd-person singular present] | amigo | amigos [plural] | Friend [sense-specific] | friendless [adjective, related] | friendlessness [noun, related]

A person whom one knows, likes, and trusts. | A person whom one knows; an acquaintance. | A person with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; a ... (28 of 259 words, 7 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

friend | friends [plural] | friended [past tense] | friending [present participle] | homie [slang] | homies [slang, plural] | homey [slang] | homeboy [slang] | bud [United States, Canadian, synonym, sense-specific] | ...

A person other than a family member, spouse or lover whose company one enjoys and towards whom one feels affection. | A boyfriend or girlfriend. | An associate who provides assistance. | A person with whom one is vaguely or indirectly acquainted | A ... (40 of 239 words, 10 definitions, 16 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/friend

Cambridge Dictionary:

friend [entry 1]

a person who you know well and who you like a lot, but who is usually not a member of your family | someone who is not an enemy and who you can trust (33 of 134 words, 2 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/friend 1

friend [entry 2]

someone who gives money to a theatre, other arts organization or charity in order to support it (17 of 41 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/friend 2

Encarta Dictionary:

friend | friends [plural] | friended [past tense] | friending [present participle]

somebody who trusts and is fond of another | somebody who thinks well of or is on good terms with somebody else | an ally, or somebody who is not an ... (29 of 234 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861613553​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

Damon and Pythias [classical mythology]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "Damon and Pythias"

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YourDictionary Audio:

Damon and Pythias

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