aorist

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n aorist a verb tense in some languages (classical Greek and Sanskrit) expressing action (especially past action) without indicating its completion or continuation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Aorist (Gram) A tense in the Greek language, which expresses an action as completed in past time, but leaves it, in other respects, wholly indeterminate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aorist In grammar, a tense of the Greek verb expressing action (in the indicative, past action) without further limitation or implication; hence, also, a tense of like form or like signification in other languages, as the Sanskrit. There are in Greek two aorists, usually called the first and second; they differ in form, but not in meaning.
    • aorist Indefinite with respect to time.
    • aorist Pertaining or similar to the aorist.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Aorist ā′or-ist the name of certain tenses in the Greek verb expressing indefinite time
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. 'ao`ristos indefinite; 'a priv. + "ori`zein to define, boundary, limit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. aoristos, indefinite—a, neg., and horistos, horizein, horos, a limit.

Usage

In literature:

Now we shall know who is strongest in second aorists.
"Born in Exile" by George Gissing
After all, I believe it was those Second Aorists that ploughed me.
"The Adventures of Mr. Verdant Green, Vols. I to III" by Cuthbert Bede
Aoristic tenses, explained, p. 78, ftn.
"A Complete Grammar of Esperanto" by Ivy Kellerman Reed
Aorist tense, see Historical perfect.
"New Latin Grammar" by Charles E. Bennett
The time-forms of the verb are three, the present, the aorist, and the future.
"The Maya Chronicles" by Various
The verbs are all in the aorist tense, and what is true of one verb is true of all the others.
"The Doctrines of Predestination, Reprobation, and Election" by Robert Wallace
The aorist form has, besides its own, the sense of the perfect.
"A Handbook of the English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
The aorist form has, besides its own, the sense of the perfect.
"The English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
Salvina resumed her Greek, but the grotesque aorists could not hold her attention.
"Ghetto Tragedies" by Israel Zangwill
Write out 'Aorist means indefinite' five hundred times.
"The Secret Glory" by Arthur Machen
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