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Headword: *eu)trapeli/a
Adler number: epsilon,3771
Translated headword: witticism
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] silliness, frivolousness, lack of sophistication.[1]
"Ptolemy urged everyone to applaud, signalling acceptance of his [Hyrcanus'] witticism."[2]
Greek Original:
*eu)trapeli/a: mwrologi/a, koufo/ths, a)paideusi/a. o( de\ *ptolemai=os pa/ntas e)ke/leusen a)nakroth=sai, th=s eu)trapeli/as a)podexo/menos au)to/n.
[1] = Synagoge; Photius, Lexicon epsilon2355; cf. Hesychius epsilon7246, Etymologicum Gudianum 566.13, Etymologicum Magnum 399.29, all stemming ultimately from commentary to Ephesians 5:4, where the headword is employed in a pejorative sense.
See epsilon 3772 for the related adjective.
[2] Josephus, Jewish Antiquities 12.214 (web address 1); see already alpha 1919 and again pi 3040. Here the headword appears in the genitive case, and with its more usual positive connotation.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; Christianity; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; historiography; history; politics; religion
Translated by: William Hutton on 9 February 2008@01:20:05.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, status) on 9 February 2008@16:52:42.
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference) on 9 February 2008@19:27:38.
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David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 15 November 2012@06:21:27.
David Whitehead (coding) on 16 March 2016@11:34:43.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 7 March 2018@00:50:41.
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