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Headword: *diesmileume/non
Adler number: delta,961
Translated headword: polished-off
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] split,[1] refined, smoothed, completely purified.[2]
Greek Original:
*diesmileume/non: diesxisme/non, h)kribwme/non, e)cesme/non, perikekaqarme/non.
= Synagoge delta267, Photius delta552 Theodoridis, Etymologicum Magnum 273.53. The headword is perfect middle/passive participle, neuter nominative/accusative or masculine accusative singular, of diasmileu/w; literally 'polish off with a chisel'.
[1] The pertinence of this gloss to the headword is not immediately apparent, but it is probably a metaphorical reference to the chiseling off of shavings to bring something to a fine point. See for instance Etymologicum Magnum 718.26 s.v. sko/lopes, defining the headword ('pointed sticks') as to\ diesxisme/non kai\ a)pwcumme/non cu/lon ('wood that is split and shaved off').
[2] For examples of the figurative use of this participle, see Greek Anthology 15.38 (Cometas), referring to books, and Alexis frs. 220-1 Kock (now combined as 223 Kassel-Austin): leptoi\ diesmileume/nai te fronti/des, "subtle, refinished [philosophical] theories". Genitive plural in Hesychius delta1663 (gloss leptologhqe/ntwn); adverb id. delta1664 (gloss h)kribwme/nws); and Pollux 6.150. See also the scholia to Lucian, Bis accusatus 34, applying the headword to stylistic elegance: to\n *)attikismo/n fhsi kai\ to\ th=s le/cews a)nqhro\n kai\ diesmileume/non ("he means the Attic dialect and the flowery elegance of style").
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Translated by: Antonella Ippolito on 2 May 2005@16:45:30.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 3 May 2005@05:13:49.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 9 July 2012@06:17:35.
William Hutton (tweaked translation, augmented and rearranged notes.) on 25 August 2013@01:41:37.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 14 November 2014@21:26:54.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 15 November 2014@10:59:45.
Catharine Roth (betacode typo, other cosmetics) on 15 November 2014@22:46:14.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 3 January 2015@09:21:20.


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