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Headword: Αἰνῶ
Adler number: alphaiota,231
Translated headword: I approve, I decline
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] I beg off, refuse.[1] Sophocles [sc. uses the word].[2] Also [sc. attested is] ἐπαινῶ ["I approve, I thank you, I decline"].
Also [sc. attested is] αἰνῶ σε ["I praise you"].[3]
Greek Original:
Αἰνῶ: παραιτοῦμαι. Σοφοκλῆς. καὶ ἐπαινῶ. καὶ Αἰνῶ σε.
The first and principal part of this entry occurs likewise or similarly in other lexica.
[1] See LSJ on αἰνέω II.3, explaining that this sense is not (as it might appear at first sight) the direct opposite of the mainstream meaning 'I praise'. (Compare the modern 'thanks, but no thanks'.)
[2] Sophocles fr. 109 Radt.
[3] cf. alphaiota 217.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; tragedy
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 28 January 2003@01:05:51.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (supplied reference) on 28 January 2003@03:34:46.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 15 May 2012@06:19:39.
David Whitehead (more notes) on 28 November 2015@07:39:24.


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