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Olympic Games   /oʊlˈɪmpɪk geɪmz/   Listen
Olympic Games

The modern revival of the ancient games held once every 4 years in a selected country.  Synonyms: Olympiad, Olympics.
The ancient Panhellenic celebration at Olympia in honor of Zeus; held every 4 years beginning in 776 BC.  Synonym: Olympian Games.

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"Olympic Games" Quotes from Famous Books

... the privilege of a man to present himself at any court of Christendom is recognised upon his producing a ticket signed by a Lord Chamberlain of some other court, to the effect that 'the Bearer is known at St. James's,' or 'known at the Tuileries,' etc.; so, after the final establishment of the Olympic games, the Greeks looked upon a man's appearance at that great national congress as the criterion and ratification of his being a known or knowable person. Unknown, unannounced personally or by proxy at the great periodic ...
— The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. II (2 vols) • Thomas De Quincey

... records are not broken. In addition to these games, the International Olympic Committee, which controls all the modern Olympic meets, conferred upon the Exposition the right to hold the Modern Pentathlon, this being the first time it has been contested outside of the Olympic Games. In addition, America is to have for the first time the Decathlon, and the famous Marathon race originated in Greece centuries ago, and impressively revived during recent years by the more important athletic bodies ...
— The Jewel City • Ben Macomber

... the Olympic games he fell from the chariot he was driving and came very near being crushed to death: yet he was crowned victor. In acknowledgment of this favor he gave to the Hellanodikai the twenty-five myriads which Galba later demanded back from them. [And to the Pythia he gave ten myriads for giving some responses ...
— Dio's Rome, Volume V., Books 61-76 (A.D. 54-211) • Cassius Dio

... strings, What god, what hero, wilt thou sing? What happy man to equal glories bring? Begin, begin thy noble choice, And let the hills around reflect the image of thy voice. Pisa does to Jove belong, Jove and Pisa claim thy song. The fair first-fruits of war, th' Olympic games, Alcides, offer'd up to Jove; Alcides, too, thy strings may move, But, oh! what man to join with these can worthy prove? Join Theron boldly to their sacred names; Theron the next honour claims; Theron to no man gives place, Is first in Pisa's and in Virtue's race; Theron there, and he alone, Ev'n ...
— Biographia Literaria • Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Words linked to "Olympic Games" :   Winter Olympics, athletic contest, athletic competition, athletics, agon

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