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Headword: *)apotropiazo/menoi
Adler number: alpha,3616
Translated headword: averting
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning they] turning away and turning against and hating.[1]
They are accustomed to wipe their swords clean on the heads of those slain, as if averting the defilement that is in the murder.[2]
Also [sc. attested is the related neuter noun] a)potropi/asma ["sacrifice to avert evil"], [meaning] propitiatory offering, turning away those things which are not proper. Alternatively something needing aversion, such as a bad omen.[3]
Greek Original:
*)apotropiazo/menoi: a)potrepo/menoi kai\ a)postrefo/menoi kai\ misou=ntes. ei)w/qasi tw=n a)nairoume/nwn ei)s ta\s kefala\s a)poma/ssein ta\ ci/fh, w(/sper a)potropiazo/menoi to\ mu/sos to\ e)n tw=| fo/nw|. kai\ *)apotropi/asma, e)ci/lasma, a)potre/pon ta\ mh\ prosh/konta. h)\ to\ a)potroph=s a)/cion, oi(=on a)potro/paion.
See also alpha 3615.
[1] The headword participle is probably (though not demonstrably) extracted from the quotation given.
[2] From the scholia to Sophocles, Electra 445; cf. mu 274.
[3] Same material in other lexica.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; religion; tragedy
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 9 August 2001@22:50:05.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 10 August 2001@06:05:16.
David Whitehead (added keyword; cosmetics) on 22 August 2002@08:15:52.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 8 April 2012@05:33:00.


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