Definition of Argive in English:



  • 1Relating to the ancient city of Argos.

    • ‘The Argive king Tantalus began a pattern of destruction for Argos after he offended the gods by feeding them his son Pelops at a banquet.’
    • ‘But the author also lets us know that his heroine is committed to ideals of ‘tenderness and justice ‘that transcend national frontiers at a time when the Argive state is under threat.’’
    • ‘The great Argive goddess was Hera, worshipped at the Heraeum some 10 km (6 miles) north of Argos.’
    • ‘Perhaps the most famous statue of the classical period is the Doryphoros by the Argive sculptor Polyclitus, which he also referred to as the Canon.’
    1. 1.1 (especially in Homer) Greek.


  • 1A citizen of Argos.

    • ‘Now that Spartan backing was no longer a guarantee of political ascendancy, one Euphron, who had previously exploited Spartan favour, persuaded the Argives and Arcadians to help him install democracy.’
    • ‘The Argives saw Hera as ‘cow-eyed,’ which culturally indicated her close association with the moon and making rain.’
    • ‘Here, perhaps some 24,000 Boeotians, Corinthians, Argives, Euboeans, and Athenians faced between 18,000 and 19,000 Spartans and their allies, in possibly the greatest hoplite battle ever fought.’
    • ‘The Athenian alliance with the Argives, the Boeotians and the Corinthians against Sparta in the Corinthian War is portrayed as a gesture of compassion for the weak.’
    1. 1.1 (especially in Homer) a Greek person.


From Latin Argivus, from Greek Argeios ‘relating to Argos’.