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Headword: Κηληθμός
Adler number: kappa,1505
Translated headword: rapture
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] deceit.[1]
From the [verb] chalô "I relax", [comes a noun] chalêthmos, and by [letter-]change kêlêthmos.[2]
And similarly kêlêma ["charm"].[3]
Greek Original:
Κηληθμός: ἀπάτη. ἀπὸ τοῦ χαλῶ, χαληθμὸς καὶ τροπῇ κηληθμός. καὶ Κήλημα ὁμοίως.
[1] Homer, Odyssey 11.334 [= 13.2] "they were all hushed in silence, and were held in rapture throughout the shadowy halls". Derived from κηλέω "beguile", whose derivative noun κηλέστης (kappa 1504) is likewise glossed as "cheat". The noun is correctly glossed in Apollonius' Homeric Lexicon, "delight"; Herodian, Schematismi Homerici 113 "enchanting of hearing"; and Hesychius kappa2498 "delight, joy". No other lexicon offers this interpretation. For that matter, the meaning of the stem is more accurately reflected in kappa 1506 and kappa 1514. The interpretation here may be a moralising condemnation of spell-casting.
[2] This corrupts the derivation offered by Herodian, Schematismi Homerici 113 s.v. κατεκήλησε from *χαληθυμός "relaxing the mood", also from χαλάω "relax"; Herodian also derives κηλῶ from χαλῶ . The derivation of κηληθμός is reproduced accurately in the Etymologicum Gudianum s.v. κατεκήλησε and the Etymologicum Magnum s.v. κηληθμός (though as χαλήθυμος ). Needless to say, χαληθυμός is otherwise unattested.
[3] Ibycus fr.6 Page; Euripides, Trojan Women 893; also in Himerius, Proclus, Pachymeres, and scholia on Pindar and Plato.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; poetry; tragedy
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 14 November 2008@07:46:49.
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