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Headword: Εἴρων
Adler number: epsiloniota,207
Translated headword: dissembler
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] one who is able to do something while saying he is not able; but an ἀλαζών ["braggart"] is the opposite to this,[1] an arrogant man; [sc. that is the] distinction.
"He did not see him exceeding the truth in deed or word, either tending to the somewhat dissembling or the somewhat boastful."[2]
Greek Original:
Εἴρων: ὁ δυνάμενος μὲν ποιῆσαί τι, λέγων δὲ μὴ δύνασθαι: ἀλαζὼν δὲ ὁ τούτῳ ἐναντίος, ὁ ὑπερήφανος: διαφορά. οὐκ εἶδεν αὐτὸν παρεκβαίνοντα τὸ ἀληθὲς ἔργῳ ἢ λόγῳ, ἤτοι πρὸς τὸ εἰρωνικώτερον ἢ ἀλαζονέστερον.
For this headword see already epsiloniota 206.
[1] cf. scholion on Plato, Republic 337A, where Thrasymachus speaks of Socratic irony (web address 1). For ἀλαζών see alpha 1057, alpha 1058.
[2] A quotation -- again more briefly under eta 174 -- variously attributed to Iamblichus (Babyloniaca fr.31 Habrich) and to Damascius (fr.23 Asmus; rejected as Damascian by Adler but still fr.46 Zintzen).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; definition; ethics; philosophy
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 28 June 2005@21:28:54.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaked translation; modified n.2; added a keyword; cosmetics) on 29 June 2005@02:43:31.
David Whitehead (another keyword; tweaking) on 26 November 2012@09:09:02.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 30 November 2012@22:30:15.
David Whitehead (coding) on 22 April 2016@04:45:40.


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