μέλεος

Ancient GreekEdit

EtymologyEdit

As for its accent, this word agrees with secondar adjectives like χρύσεος (khrúseos), λίθεος (lítheos), βόεος (bóeos), but conceptually it rather belongs to primary oxytones, like ἐτεός (eteós), κενεός (keneós), στερεός (stereós). Like ἐτεός (eteós) is from *ἐτεϝός (*etewós), this adjective could derive from *μέλεϝος (*mélewos). Further details are unclear.

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AdjectiveEdit

μέλεος (méleosm (feminine μελέᾱ, neuter μέλεον); first/second declension

  1. idle, useless, futile, vain
    Synonym: μάταιος (mátaios)
  2. unhappy, miserable, wretched

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