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From Ancient Greek συνοικισμός ‎(sunoikismós), from συνοικίζειν ‎(sunoikízein, to make live with, to unite under one city), from σύν ‎(sún, together) + οἰκίζειν ‎(oikízein, to colonise).

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synoecism ‎(plural synoecisms)

  1. (Ancient Greece) The unification of towns, tribes etc. under one capital city or polis.
    • 1886, English History Review, 1886, I, pg 636.
      They always remained separate states and were never synoikised.
    • 1887, Andrew Lang, Myth, Ritual & Religion, I, pg 266.
      Legends...current before the villages were synoecised into Athens.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Encyclopædia Britannica, Vol. XXX. 529/2.
      When the town was first formed...by the synœcism of the neighboring villages.

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