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Headword: *)epamfoteri/sai
Adler number: epsilon,1951
Translated headword: to equivocate
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to bring the argument into a state of ambiguity,[1] so that it is refuted from both sides.
Greek Original:
*)epamfoteri/sai: ei)s a)mfiboli/an a)gagei=n to\n lo/gon, w(s kaq' e(ka/teron e)le/gxesqai.
The transmitted headword is aorist active infinitive of e)pamfoteri/zw (cf. under delta 1581) -- but see next note.
[1] Up to this point the gloss is equivalent to one found in Timaeus, Platonic Lexicon, under e)camfoteri/sai rather than (as here) e)pamfoteri/sai. Either way, its ultimate origin cannot be determined with certainty, though if Timaeus' e)c- is purely paradigmatic (rather than a direct quotation) it might be generated by e)chmfote/riken to\n lo/gon in Plato, Euthydemus 300D.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; philosophy; rhetoric
Translated by: William Hutton on 23 August 2007@09:58:04.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, status) on 23 August 2007@20:32:19.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweak) on 26 August 2007@04:48:47.
David Whitehead (tweaks) on 28 September 2012@07:23:15.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 22 December 2014@00:37:36.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1) on 19 January 2016@06:30:40.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 5 July 2017@17:19:22.


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