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Headword: Ἐπλημμέλησαν
Adler number: epsilon,2787
Translated headword: they struck a false note, they were off-key
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] they were disorderly, they were lackadaisical. For [something] 'off-key' [means] lackadaisical and unrefined.[1] "[...] in order that anticipating on account of the evils they were off-key in, in the second danger they could be punished and made equal."[2]
Greek Original:
Ἐπλημμέλησαν: ἠτάκτησαν, ἐρρᾳθύμησαν. πλημμελὲς γὰρ τὸ ῥᾴθυμον καὶ ἀπαίδευτον. ἵνα ὑπὲρ ὧν ἐπλημμέλησαν κακιῶν φθάνοντες, ἐν τῷ δευτέρῳ προφανεῖ κινδύνῳ τε ἰσωθῶσι κολασθέντες.
The headword, presumably extracted from the quotation given, is third person plural, aorist indicative active, of the verb πλημμελέω . It is probably extracted from the quotation given here (though other extant possibilities include four in the Septuagint).
[1] Thus far the entry seems to be derived from the same source as pi 1754; cf. Photius, Lexicon s.v. πλημμελεῖν .
[2] Aelian fr.134 Hercher (137 Domingo-Forasté), quoted at greater length at alpha 2073, where the text is slightly different but no more intelligible.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; imagery; meter and music
Translated by: William Hutton on 20 December 2007@06:26:10.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented headword, notes, keywords) on 20 December 2007@06:36:17.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 23 October 2012@05:12:41.
David Whitehead (expanded primary note; other tweaks) on 3 February 2016@10:15:25.


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