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Headword: *tri/mma
Adler number: tau,989
Translated headword: smooth, smoothie
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] someone practised [literally: smoothed] in matters. Also in Aristophanes in Clouds: "you will become a smoothie at speaking".[1] That is, practised; you will be competent and skilled in speaking. Also Demosthenes in the [speech] On the Crown, when attacking Aeschines as a reckless and shameless orator, calls him a smoothie of the agora.[2]
Greek Original:
*tri/mma: o( tetrimme/nos e)n toi=s pra/gmasi. kai\ par' *)aristofa/nei e)n *nefe/lais: le/gein genh/sh| tri/mma. toute/sti tetrimme/nos, i(kano\s kai\ deino\s e)/sh| le/gein. kai\ *dhmosqe/nhs e)n tw=| *peri\ tou= stefa/nou w(s i)tamou= kai\ a)naisxu/ntou r(h/toros kaqapto/menos *ai)sxi/nou, peri/trimma a)gora=s au)to\n kalei=.
For this headword, a neuter noun, see also tau 988.
[1] Aristophanes, Clouds 260 (web address 1), with comment from the scholia there.
[2] Demosthenes 18.127, using the related noun peritrimma (web address 2).
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: comedy; definition; ethics; imagery; politics; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 12 November 2001@06:52:39.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added links, set status) on 12 November 2004@11:48:29.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1; cosmetics) on 14 November 2004@04:52:57.
David Whitehead on 15 January 2014@06:34:09.


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