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Ancient GreekEdit

EtymologyEdit

Possibly from Proto-Indo-European *ḱenk- (to hang, tarry), shared with Latin cunctor (I delay, hold up).

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NounEdit

ὄκνος (óknosm (genitive ὄκνου); second declension

  1. shrinking, hesitation
    • 800 BCE – 600 BCE, Homer, Iliad 5.817
      οὔτέ τί με δέος ἴσχει ἀκήριον οὔτέ τις ὄκνος
      oúté tí me déos ískhei akḗrion oúté tis óknos
      neither spiritless fear nor some hesitation holds me back
    • 460 BCE – 395 BCE, Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War 7.49
      ἀντιλέγοντος δὲ τοῦ Νικίου ὄκνος τις καὶ μέλλησις ἐνεγένετο
      antilégontos dè toû Nikíou óknos tis kaì méllēsis enegéneto
      Nicias still objecting, a certain hesitation and indecisiveness arose in [them]

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ReferencesEdit

  • Beekes, Robert S. P. (2010) Etymological Dictionary of Greek (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 10), with the assistance of Lucien van Beek, Leiden, Boston: Brill