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Headword: Deusopoios
Adler number: delta,291
Translated headword: deep-dyed
Vetting Status: high
In an exact sense it is the word applied to purple which retains the bloom of the dye permanently and indelibly; metaphorically speaking [it is applied] to everything else which retains its color permanently and in perpetuity.[1]
Also [sc. attested is the phrase] "deep-dyed wickedness": the expression is derived from dyed fleeces. It signifies a firm and indelible color. Whenever historians want to indicate something unalterable, they use the expression of other things too. Consequently, "deep-dyed" wickedness is the excessive, irresistible kind.[2]
Greek Original:
Deusopoios: kuriôs men epi tês porphuras legetai to onoma, tês emmonon kai anekpluton echousês to anthos tês baphês, ek metaphoras de kai epi tôn allôn pantôn, tôn echontôn to chrôma emmonon te kai poluchronion. kai Deusopoios ponêria: metêktai hê lexis apo tôn katabebammenôn eriôn. sêmainei de to bebaion kai anekpluton tou chrômatos. hoi sungrapheis de hotan ametakinêton ti dêlôsai boulôntai, katachrôntai têi lexei kai ep' allôn. dunatai oun hê deusopoios ponêria huperballousa einai kai hês ouch hoion ên perigenesthai.
See also delta 290.
[1] From Harpokration s.v., citing the appearance of the word in Plato (Republic 4.429E [web address 1]) and Diphilus (fr. 72 Kock, now 73 K-A.).
[2] Same or similar material in other lexica. The phrase can be traced to Dinarchus 2.4.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: clothing; comedy; definition; ethics; historiography; imagery; philosophy; rhetoric; science and technology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: David Whitehead on 18 October 2000@05:15:32.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keywords; cosmetics) on 5 September 2002@11:19:22.
William Hutton (modified translation, added link, set status) on 18 July 2003@06:06:19.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 18 October 2005@06:09:28.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 4 July 2011@09:29:37.
David Whitehead on 30 December 2014@07:45:31.


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