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Headword: *moxqhri/a
Adler number: mu,1308
Translated headword: depravity, nastiness, wickedness
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the desire of [= for] silver/money; or the demand of [= for] silver/money. Aristophanes [writes]: "they soften their wickedness with a word."[1] Also [sc. attested is the phrase] "hide of a nasty ox". Meaning one withered and emaciated and foul and leathered, or deathly, or feeble. Aristophanes [writes]: "[you] who used to undercut and sell the hide of a nasty ox."[2]
Greek Original:
*moxqhri/a: h( tou= a)rguri/ou e)piqumi/a: h)\ h( ai)/thsis tou= a)rguri/ou. *)aristofa/nhs: o)no/mati peripe/ttousi th\n moxqhri/an. kai/, moxqhrou= boo\s de/rma. a)nti\ tou= i)sxnou= kai\ leptou= kai\ kakou= kai\ leptobu/rsou, h)\ qanasi/mou, h)\ a)sqenou=s. *)aristofa/nhs: o(/stis u(potemw\n e)pw/leis de/rma moxqhrou= boo/s.
For this headword, a feminine abstract noun in the nominative (and vocative) singular, see also mu 1309 (and generally LSJ s.v.). Of the quotations given, the first illustrates its accusative case, the second the genitive case of the cognate adjective (for which see also mu 1310).
[1] Aristophanes, Plutus [Wealth] 159 (web address 1), with scholion: the sarcastic Cario impugns the integrity of boy lovers whom Chremylus contends do not ask, out of decency, for monetary remuneration. Again at pi 1245.
[2] Aristophanes, Knights 316 (web address 2), with scholion: the sausage-seller accuses Paphlagon (= Kleon: kappa 1731) of having sold hides that were sliced from ox carcasses, rather than pulled, so as to retain more fat and appear thicker, as if from a younger and healthier animal.
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Translated by: Ronald Allen on 7 July 2008@00:12:48.
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Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 7 July 2008@00:59:11.
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