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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.

PronunciationEdit

 
  • (5th BCE Attic) IPA(key): /a.ris.te.rós/
  • (1st CE Egyptian) IPA(key): /a.ris.tɛˈros/
  • (4th CE Koine) IPA(key): /a.ris.teˈros/
  • (10th CE Byzantine) IPA(key): /a.ris.teˈros/
  • (15th CE Constantinopolitan) IPA(key): /a.ris.teˈros/
  • 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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