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Headword: Χαύνωσιν
Adler number: chi,151
Translated headword: mystification
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
That is, a refutation of lawsuits. "How would this man ever learn evasion of a lawsuit, or a summons, or persuasive mystification?" 'Summons': that is, testimony; 'mystification' [is] a refutation of lawsuits; 'persuasive' [is] like deceit and persuading the listeners with empty speech -- [taken] from to persuade [πείθειν ] the suit.[1]
Greek Original:
Χαύνωσιν: τουτέστι λύσιν τῶν δικῶν. πῶς ἂν μάθοι πόθ' οὗτος ἀπόφευξιν δίκης ἢ κλῆσιν ἢ χαύνωσιν ἀναπειστηρίαν; κλῆσιν τουτέστιν μαρτυρίαν, χαύνωσιν λύσιν τῶν δικῶν, ἀναπειστηρίαν οἷον ἀπάτην καὶ διακένῳ ῥήματι ἀναπείθουσαν τοὺς ἀκούοντας, παρὰ τὸ πείθειν τὴν δίκην.
Notes:
The headword, extracted from the quotation given, is accusative singular of the noun χαύνωσις .
[1] Aristophanes, Clouds 874-5 (web address 1 below) with scholion; see also alpha 2010, tau 34.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; law; rhetoric
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 16 March 2008@17:03:46.
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David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 17 March 2008@06:36:42.
Catharine Roth (typo, upgraded link, raised status) on 27 January 2011@01:02:00.
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