ancient city, modern Antakya in Turkey, anciently the capital of Syria, founded c. 300 B.C.E. by Seleucus I Nictor and named for his father, Antiochus. The name, also borne by several Syrian kings and an eclectic philosopher, is a Latinized form of Greek Antiokhos, literally "resistant, holding out against," from anti "against" (see anti-) + ekhein "to have, hold;" in intransitive use, "be in a given state or condition" (from PIE root *segh- "to hold"). Related: Antiochian.

updated on October 10, 2017

Definitions of Antioch from WordNet

Antioch (n.)
a town in southern Turkey; ancient commercial center and capital of Syria; an early center of Christianity;
Synonyms: Antakya / Antakiya
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