ἀριστερός

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Ancient GreekEdit

EtymologyEdit

From ἄριστος ‎(áristos, best) +‎ -τερος ‎(-teros, contrastive suffix). According to Chantraine, the suffix -τερος serves to differentiate and create a euphemistic contrast with ἄριστος; an unusual formation. The latter is taken to indicate on the right side in this case, the left side being its literal and metaphorical opposite.

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AdjectiveEdit

ἀριστερός ‎(aristerósm ‎(feminine ἀριστερά, neuter ἀριστερόν); first/second declension

  1. (euphemistic) left (opposite of right)
  2. ominous, ill boding
  3. clumsy, awkward (Compare French gauche)

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ReferencesEdit

  • BDAG
  • Chantraine, Pierre, "Les noms de la gauche en grec", Comptes rendus de l'Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres 99.3 (1955) 374-377.
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