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Headword: *(uperfere/s
Adler number: upsilon,383
Translated headword: excellent, pre-eminent
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning something] large, outstanding.[1]
"Of which the height was gigantic and the boldness more excellent".[2]
Greek Original:
*(uperfere/s: me/ga, u(pere/xon. ou(= to\ u(/yos h)=n gigantiai=on kai\ h( to/lma u(perfereste/ra.
[1] Likewise or similarly in other lexica; references at Photius upsilon147, where Theodoridis notes 2 instances of the headword -- neuter nominative/accusative singular of this adjective -- in the biblical commentaries of Cyril of Alexandria (PG 69.920a, 70.525d). There are in fact more in that same author, and others in the genre.
[2] Quotation -- transmitted, in Adler's view, via the Excerpta Constantini Porphyrogeniti -- unidentifiable. (There is no obvious basis for Valckenaer's attribution of it to Aelian, noted by Adler.) For 'gigantic' cf. under gamma 263.
Keywords: Christianity; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; historiography; religion
Translated by: David Whitehead on 13 August 2010@09:29:00.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (expanded note, set status) on 13 August 2010@23:01:44.
David Whitehead (expanded n.2; another keyword) on 15 August 2010@04:43:51.
David Whitehead on 24 November 2013@07:26:46.
David Whitehead on 30 May 2016@04:32:06.


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