Definition of Punic in English:



  • Relating to ancient Carthage.

    • ‘Between the Punic and Roman periods the first episode of economic specialization and a link with international commercial networks occurred.’
    • ‘On the island you can still see Phoenician settlements, Punic cities, Greek temples, Roman amphitheatres, Norman Arab castles and Aragonese churches.’
    • ‘In 149 the tribesmen again raided, but this time a Punic army followed them and destroyed their camps.’
    • ‘Spies from Rome And Carthage both trying to get the upper hand, clash between Punic trade mentality and Roman militancy.’
    • ‘An expeditionary force caused the Punic (the Roman word for Carthaginian) fleet to withdraw and that could well have been that.’
    • ‘In Carthage, a colony established in present-day Tunisia, the Punic version of their alphabet continued in use until the 3c AD.’
    • ‘It was still natural for the son to give thanks to a Punic god and to express himself solely in the Punic language.’
    • ‘The bilingual inscriptions and the assimilation of Punic and Roman gods represented on them point to a process of cultural adaptation far from complete when Apuleius was in Tripolitania.’
    • ‘The era of the Roman Republic falls between 509 B.C. and the Battle of Actium in 31 B.C. Rome under the Republic consolidated its power both at home and abroad, especially during the Punic and Macedonian Wars.’
    • ‘During the second Punic war between Rome and Carthage, Syracuse was held by the mercenary Hippocrates for the Carthaginians.’
    • ‘The Septimii were of Punic origin, his mother's family of Italian descent.’
    • ‘The Punic admiral's retreat was ill-received at home, and Carthage responded with a larger force, prying out the Romans.’
    • ‘The Second Punic War began in Spain.’
    • ‘But on the flanks were the cavalry for both contestants, and the Punic cavalry defeated the Roman.’
    • ‘The book was entitled "The Experience of Battle in the Second Punic War."’
    • ‘The Punic and Macedonian Wars of the 3rd and 2nd centuries B.C. had kept Roman soldiers away from Rome for years at a time.’
    • ‘When Tyre fell under the domination of Assyria, a Punic (western Phoenicians) trading empire was established based on the former Phoenician colonies in the western Mediterranean.’
    • ‘After the Second Punic War, the Roman domination of Portugal began.’
    • ‘The Punic power fell, because there is in this materialism a mad indifference to real thought.’
    • ‘Old Punic legends seemed to linger in the palm-fringed gardens below the palace wall.’
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  • [mass noun] The language of Carthage, related to Phoenician.

    • ‘It was for them that a large work, written in Punic, of 28 books on agriculture was produced by a certain Mago.’
    • ‘On the farms the peasants were Berber and Phoenician, speaking Punic.’
    • ‘Devastating odors assaulted her, and the noise of humans screaming in Latin, Greek, German, Punic, Hebrew, Berber, Egyptian, Arabic.’
    • ‘Apuleius's claim in the Apology that Sicinius Pudens mostly spoke Punic thus makes perfect sense.’


From Latin Punicus (earlier Poenicus), from Poenus, from Greek Phoinix Phoenician.