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Ancient GreekEdit

EtymologyEdit

A contraction of μή (mḗ, not) with οὖν (oûn, then).

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ParticleEdit

μῶν (môn) (interrogative particle, negative particle)

  1. (like μή, in a question expecting a negative answer) but surely not? is it really so?
    • 366 BCE – 348 BCE, Plato, Theaetetus 145d–145e
      Σωκράτης   σοφίᾳ δέ γ᾽ οἶμαι σοφοὶ οἱ σοφοί.
      Θεαίτητος   ναί.
      Σωκράτης   τοῦτο δὲ μῶν διαφέρει τι ἐπιστήμης;
      Sōkrátēs   sophíāi dé g᾽ oîmai sophoì hoi sophoí.
      Theaítētos   naí.
      Sōkrátēs   toûto dè môn diaphérei ti epistḗmēs?
      Socrates: And I suppose the wise are wise by wisdom.
      Theaetetus: Yes.
      Socrates: But is this [i.e., wisdom] really any different from knowledge?
  2. (followed by οὐ, in a question expecting a positive answer)

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