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Headword: *knhstiw=ntes ta\s a)koa/s
Adler number: kappa,1870
Translated headword: wanting to scratch their hearing, having itchy ears
Vetting Status: high
Meaning [they] being desirous of hearing.
Greek Original:
*knhstiw=ntes ta\s a)koa/s: a)nti\ tou= e)piqumhtikw=s e)/xontes a)kou/ein.
The verb knhstia/w is a variant of the desiderative knhsia/w (cf. kappa 1868), "I want to scratch". The metaphorical use given here, as "having itchy ears", must come (as Adler's note implies) from Julian, Letter 111.67, though he uses a different form of the present participle: "There are at any rate many of his [Athanasius'] disciples who can adequately comfort your itchy and needy ears (ta\s a)koa\s u(mw=n knhstiw/sas kai\ deome/nas) with impious words".
Keywords: Christianity; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; imagery; religion; rhetoric
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 16 December 2008@10:26:33.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, keywords, status) on 16 December 2008@21:39:16.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 17 December 2008@03:46:45.
David Whitehead on 5 March 2013@06:25:47.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 9 March 2013@01:20:22.


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