πύστις

Ancient GreekEdit

EtymologyEdit

From zero-grade of the root of πυνθάνομαι (punthánomai, to inquire, find out) +‎ -τις (-tis, verbal noun suffix). Compare πεῦσις (peûsis), from e-grade of the same root.

PronunciationEdit

 

NounEdit

πῠ́στῐς (pústisf (genitive πῠ́στεως); third declension

  1. inquiry, question
    • 428 BCE – 347 BCE, Plato, Laches 196c:
      κοινὴ γὰρ ἔσται ἡ πύστις ὑπὲρ ἐμοῦ τε καὶ σοῦ
      koinḕ gàr éstai hē pústis hupèr emoû te kaì soû
      since the question will be shared on behalf of you and me.
  2. What is learned by asking: news, report, information
    • 458 BCE, Euripides, Electra :
      ἢν μὲν ἔλθῃ πύστις εὐτυχὴς σέθεν
      ḕn mèn élthēi pústis eutukhḕs séthen
      if a good report comes from you

DeclensionEdit

Further readingEdit

  • πύστις in Liddell & Scott (1940) A Greek–English Lexicon, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • πύστις in Liddell & Scott (1889) An Intermediate Greek–English Lexicon, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • Woodhouse, S. C. (1910) English–Greek Dictionary: A Vocabulary of the Attic Language[1], London: Routledge & Kegan Paul Limited.