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Areopagus

1640s, Greek, Areios pagos "the hill of Ares," west of the Acropolis in Athens, where the highest judicial court sat; second element from pagos "pinnacle, cliff, rocky hill," related to pegnunai "to fasten, coagulate," from PIE root *pag- "to fasten." Sense extended to "any important tribunal."

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Definitions of Areopagus from WordNet

Areopagus (n.)
a hill to the to the west of the Athenian acropolis where met the highest governmental council of ancient Athens and later a judicial court;
Areopagus (n.)
the highest governmental assembly in ancient Athens (later a judicial court);
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