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Headword: *xai/rein, h)/n te bou/lhsq', h)/n te mh/
Adler number: chi,168
Translated headword: to rejoice -- whether you want to or not
Vetting Status: high
Meaning in any case. Aristophanes in Wealth [sc. says this].[1]
"[They] saying farewell" [means] [they] departing and dismissing.[2]
Aristophanes in Wealth [writes]: "to say 'hail' to you, o fellow citizens, [is] an old and worn-out greeting."[3]
Greek Original:
*xai/rein, h)/n te bou/lhsq', h)/n te mh/: a)nti\ tou= panti\ tro/pw|. *)aristofa/nhs *plou/tw|. *xai/rein fra/santes, a)potaca/menoi katagno/ntes. *)aristofa/nhs *plou/tw|: xai/rein me\n u(ma=s e)stin, w)= a)/ndres dhmo/tai, a)rxai=on h)/dh prosagoreu/ein kai\ sapro/n.
[1] The headword is a quotation from Aristophanes, Wealth [Plutus] 638 (web address 1 below); the gloss is from the scholia there.
[2] This portion of the entry = Etymologicum Genuinum, Etymologicum Magnum 808.4; and cf. already Hesychius chi19. The phrase is probably quoted from Lucian, Fugitives 20; cf. generally pi 1873 and chi 167.
[3] Aristophanes, Wealth [Plutus] 322-323 (web address 2).
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 18 March 2008@16:12:00.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented n.2; tweaks and cosmetics) on 19 March 2008@10:57:59.
David Whitehead on 10 November 2013@05:53:53.
David Whitehead (coding) on 1 June 2016@02:59:49.


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