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Headword: Περιφρονεῖν
Adler number: pi,1344
Translated headword: to speculate about
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to have lofty thoughts.
But Aristophanes [writes] "speculate about the business" meaning examine, investigate.[1] And Socrates said: "I tread the air and observe the sun,[2] so that it does not draw the moisture into the watercress".[3]
Greek Original:
Περιφρονεῖν: ὑπερφρονεῖν. Ἀριστοφάνης δέ: περιφρόνει τὰ πράγματα: ἀντὶ τοῦ ἐρεύνα, ἀναζήτει. καὶ Σωκράτης ἔφη: ἀεροβατῶ καὶ περιφρονῶ τὸν ἥλιον, ἵνα μὴ ἕλκη τὴν ἰκμάδ' ἐς τὰ κάρδαμα.
[1] Aristophanes, Clouds 741 (web address 1).
[2] Aristophanes, Clouds 225 (web address 2); quoted already at alpha 561, delta 629.
[3] cf. Aristophanes, Clouds 233-4.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: botany; comedy; definition; philosophy; science and technology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 7 May 2002@00:27:34.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added keywords; cosmetics) on 7 May 2002@03:15:24.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 28 September 2011@07:32:05.
Catharine Roth (upgraded links) on 28 September 2011@09:56:16.
David Whitehead on 30 September 2013@06:01:24.


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