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Headword: Dekazesthai
Adler number: delta,173
Translated headword: to bribe by tens
Vetting Status: high
[A term] coined from the practice of corrupting with bribes in groups of ten [kata\ deka/da]. For when certain people wanted to acquire an official position or to influence anything else, they gave things to groups of ten men, to make them their collaborators. From this, with someone taking the money for the sake of collaborating while the best person [to do so] is not present, they call the practice "bribing in tens". Similar to bribing in tens is canvassing for office [e)riqeu/esqai]. That is because "canvassing" comes from paying a wage.[1]
Greek Original:
Dekazesthai: errêthê men apo tou kata dekada phtheiresthai dôrois. hote gar boulointo tines archês tuchein ê allo ti anusasthai, kata deka anthrôpous edidosan tina, hopôs sumprattôsin autois. ex ekeinou de êdê ton lambanonta heneka tou sumprattein mê apantôntos tou beltistou, dekazesthai phasin. homoion kai to eritheuesthai tôi dekazesthai estin. kai gar hê eritheia eirêtai apo tês tou misthou doseôs.
Likewise or similarly in other lexica.
For this topic see also delta 174 (where bibliography is cited) and epsilon 205.
[1] Again at epsilon 2984.
Keywords: daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; ethics; history; law; politics
Translated by: David Whitehead on 18 October 2000@03:37:28.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added keywords) on 26 June 2002@00:54:13.
David Whitehead (added note and keyword; cosmetics) on 26 June 2002@03:05:54.
David Whitehead (added x-ref) on 13 May 2003@09:38:28.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 18 June 2012@05:29:52.
Catharine Roth (betacode) on 29 July 2012@22:58:13.
David Whitehead on 8 October 2015@08:30:08.


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