Damon and Pythias: Meaning and Definition of

Da'mon and Pyth'ias

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— Gk. Legend. Gk. Legend.
  1. two friends whose mutual loyalty was shown by Damon's offer of his life as pledge that Pythias would return from settling his affairs to be executed for rebelling against Dionysius: Pythias returned, and Dionysius relented and pardoned them both.
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