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Headword: Οὐ μὲν δή
Adler number: omicron,917
Translated headword: no verily indeed
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Meaning yet indeed, at the very least, but no indeed.[1]
Greek Original:
Οὐ μὲν δή: ἀντὶ τοῦ ὅμως δή, ἥκιστα δή, ἀλλὰ οὐ δή.
Notes:
Evidently extracted from somewhere, the headword phrase resists precise translation outside its context. It consists of a denial (οὐ ) followed by a particle combination where δή strengthens an affirmative, adversative or progressive thought indicated by μέν ; see Denniston, pp. 391-3.
The entry might be generated from instances in Homer and/or Plato: e.g. Homer, Iliad 8.238 (web address 1); Plato, Theaetetus 148E (web address 2).
[1] The lemma is identically glossed in the Synagoge, Photius' Lexicon (omicron662 Theodoridis), and Lexica Segueriana 322.17.
Reference:
J.D. Denniston, The Greek Particles, 2nd edn., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; philosophy
Translated by: Ronald Allen on 8 July 2010@15:45:32.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 9 July 2010@03:05:10.
Catharine Roth (updated links) on 9 July 2010@11:14:58.
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