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Headword: *)olbi/zein
Adler number: omicron,132
Translated headword: to call [someone] fortunate
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to call [someone] blessed, to consider [someone] lucky.[1] Sophocles [writes]: "[...] to call no one fortunate before he crosses the finish-line of life without having suffered anything grievous."[2]
Greek Original:
*)olbi/zein: makari/zein, eu)dai/mona h(gei=sqai. *sofoklh=s: mhde/n' o)lbi/zein, pri\n a)\n te/rma tou= bi/ou pera/sh|, mhde\n a)lgeino\n paqw/n.
cf. generally omicron 133, omicron 134 [see further below], omicron 135, omicron 136.
[1] The headword, presumably extracted from the quotation given, is present infinitive of o)lbi/zw, denominative verb from o)/lbios (omicron 134).
[2] Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus 1529-30 (web address 1). For 'finish-line' see tau 346.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; imagery; philosophy; proverbs; tragedy
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 20 November 2009@01:13:04.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more x-refs; tweaks) on 20 November 2009@03:15:58.
David Whitehead on 24 June 2013@03:47:05.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 6 September 2014@10:11:07.
David Whitehead on 6 September 2014@10:37:45.


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