- Amphictyonic League 1753, one of several ancient Greek confederations of neighboring states, from Gk. amphiktionikos, from amphiktiones "neighbors," lit. "they that dwell round about," from amphi- "on both sides" (see AMPHI- (Cf. amphi-)) + second element related to ktizein "to create, found," ktoina "habitation, township," from PIE root *tkei- "to settle, dwell, be home" (see HOME (Cf. home)).
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