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Headword: Εἰκῆ ῥαψῳδεῖ
Adler number: epsiloniota,78
Translated headword: sings at random
Vetting Status: high
Meaning he/she/it talks nonsense.[1]
"He pretends madness, and says one thing after another randomly and by chance, and no second [word] agreeing with the preceding."[2]
Greek Original:
Εἰκῆ ῥαψῳδεῖ: ἀντὶ τοῦ φλυαρεῖ. ὁ δὲ σκήπτεται μανίαν, καὶ εἰκῇ καὶ ὡς ἔτυχεν ἄλλα ἔπ' ἄλλοις ἐλάλει, καὶ ἀκόλουθον τῷ προτέρῳ δεύτερον οὐδέν.
For 'at random' (εἰκῇ ) cf. epsiloniota 76, epsiloniota 77, epsiloniota 79. The iota subscript is omitted from the headword here.
[1] The headword phrase is a quasi-proverbial one attested in patristic writers (Basil of Caesarea, John of Damascus).
[2] Quotation unidentifiable. (Adler suggests Aelian.)
Keywords: biography; Christianity; daily life; definition; imagery; medicine; meter and music; proverbs; religion; rhetoric
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 4 May 2005@01:55:01.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 4 May 2005@03:07:02.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 21 March 2011@04:34:37.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 23 November 2012@05:43:30.


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