from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A place of congregation, especially an ancient Greek marketplace.
- n. See Table at currency.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A place for gathering.
- n. A marketplace, especially in Classical Greece.
- n. Since 1960, a monetary unit and coin of Israel, the 100th part of a shekel / sheqel.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An assembly; hence, the place of assembly, especially the market place, in an ancient Greek city.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ancient Greece: A popular political assembly; any meeting of the people, especially for the promulgation or discussion of laws or public measures. Hence —
- n. The chief public square and market-place of a town, in which such meetings were originally held, corresponding to the Roman forum.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the marketplace in ancient Greece
- n. 100 agorot equal 1 shekel in Israel
- n. a place of assembly for the people in ancient Greece
The word agora means "marketplace," and phobia means "fear" in Greek, so it is a fear of the market, which largely affects a huge population of hikikomori.
Cyrus the Great of Persia, for example, had once dismissed the Spartan army by saying that Greeks were men who set aside a place in the center of town where they could swear oaths and cheat each other, referring to the agora.
With true aristocratic nonchalance, its dark interior resembled, not black broadcloth and leather, but a kind of agora, so littered was every surface with the hairs of her pack of King Charles spaniels.
If he is right, then I fell into the trap myself, by using the word "agora" marketplace earlier.
The agora was a classical city’s principal marketplace.
The agora was a city’s main square for commercial, social, and political activity.
The agora was a classical city’s principal market place—its center for commercial, social, and political activity.
Of course, there are very few cities in the US where the "agora" atmosphere still exists.
He grew up in Greece, where daily outdoor "agora" markets anchor commerce and community in towns and villages.
Less a drawing room than a market or "agora"—although the city's marketplace was officially moved to the Campo dei' Fiori in 1869—it has a history of its own that includes and surpasses its individual parts.