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Headword: *mei/ou
Adler number: mu,855
Translated headword: diminish, underrate
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] lessen. Xenophon [writes]: "Cyrus said to the look-out Araspas [...] 'do not detract anything from the truth or diminish the enemy's situation; for [it is] better to have thought things greater and see them less than to have heard them less and find them stronger'".[1]
Greek Original:
*mei/ou: e)la/ttona ti/qei. *cenofw=n: *ku=ros e)/fh pro\s *)ara/span to\n kata/skopon, mhde\n e)la/ssou ta)lhqou=s mhde\ mei/ou ta\ tw=n polemi/wn: krei=sson ga\r mei/zw oi)hqe/ntas mei/ona i)dei=n, h)\ mei/w a)kou/santas i)sxuro/tera eu(ri/skein.
The headword -- present imperative of meio/w; cf. mu 856 -- is presumably extracted from the quotation given.
[1] An approximation of Xenophon, Cyropaedia 6.3.17 (web address 1). Cyrus' boyhood friend Araspas is one of the major characters in Cyrop. books 5-6.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; historiography; military affairs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 7 July 2009@04:18:44.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link and cross-reference, set status) on 8 July 2009@01:03:06.
David Whitehead (augmented n.2; cosmetic) on 8 July 2009@03:17:16.
David Whitehead on 20 May 2013@08:50:51.


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