ἔλλειψις

Ancient GreekEdit

EtymologyEdit

ἐλλείπω (elleípō, to fall short, omit) +‎ -σις (-sis, verbal noun suffix)

PronunciationEdit

 

NounEdit

ἔλλειψῐς (élleipsisf (genitive ἐλλείψεως); third declension

  1. A falling short, defect
    • 460 BCE – 370 BCE, Democritus, Collected Works 102
    • 428 BCE – 347 BCE, Plato, Protagoras 356a
    • 384 BCE – 322 BCE, Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics 2.1106b.16:
      λέγω δὲ τὴν ἠθικήν· αὕτη γάρ ἐστι περὶ πάθη καὶ πράξεις, ἐν δὲ τούτοις ἔστιν ὑπερβολὴ καὶ ἔλλειψις καὶ τὸ μέσον.
      légō dè tḕn ēthikḗn; haútē gár esti perì páthē kaì práxeis, en dè toútois éstin huperbolḕ kaì élleipsis kaì tò méson.
      • 1911 translation by D. P. Chase
        I mean moral [virtue]; for it is this that is concerned with passions and actions, and in these there is excess, defect, and the intermediate.
  2. (geometry) The conic section: an ellipse
  3. (grammar) An ellipsis (the omission of a word)
  4. (grammar) The omission of a letter, elision
  5. An eclipse

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DescendantsEdit

  • Greek: έλλειψη (élleipsi)
  • Latin: ellīpsis (see there for further descendants)

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