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Headword: Χαύνωσιν
Adler number: chi,151
Translated headword: mystification
Vetting Status: high
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.
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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