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Headword: Ἀθέμιτον
Adler number: alpha,715
Translated headword: lawless
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] that which is unjust.[1]
Also [sc. attested is the superlative] ἀθεμιτότατον ; (?)spelled in two ways.[2]
Greek Original:
Ἀθέμιτον: τὸ ἄδικον. καὶ Ἀθεμιτότατον: διφορεῖται.
Notes:
[1] cf. generally alpha 715. The present headword, neuter nominative/accusative singular, is presumably quoted from somewhere; there are numerous possibilities.
[2] On this verb, διφορεῖται , 13 times altogether in the Suda, see under alpha 297 and alpha 337. Sometimes its import is clear, but not always so. In the present instance, two *meanings* of the superlative form of this adjective are hard to see (a distinction between "most x" and "very x" is unlikely to be at issue). Probably, therefore, the point is that the stem of this adjective -- in all its forms, not just the superlative -- can be either athemit- or athemist-. Alternatively, it is matter of omicron (as here) or omega as the fourth syllable in the comparative and superlative degrees.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; law
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 15 February 2000@21:54:25.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keyword; cosmetics) on 14 May 2002@07:14:08.
David Whitehead (another note; tweaks) on 19 January 2012@06:03:24.
David Whitehead on 1 May 2015@08:50:32.

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