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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.

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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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