aorist

aorist

[ey-uh-rist] Grammar.
noun
1.
a verb tense, as in Classical Greek, expressing action or, in the indicative mood, past action, without further limitation or implication.
adjective
2.
of or in this tense.

Origin:
1575–85; < Greek aóristos unlimited, equivalent to a- a-6 + (h)oristós limited (*horid- (base of horízein to bound, limit; see horizon) + -tos adj. suffix)

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aorist (ˈeɪərɪst, ˈɛərɪst)
 
n
grammar perfect Compare imperfect a tense of the verb in classical Greek and in certain other inflected languages, indicating past action without reference to whether the action involved was momentary or continuous
 
[C16: from Greek aoristos not limited, from a-1 + horistos restricted, from horizein to define]
 
ao'ristic
 
adj
 
ao'ristically
 
adv

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aorist
1580s, the simple past tense of Gk. verbs, from Gk. aoristos (khronos) "indefinite (tense)," from priv. prefix a- "not" + horistos "limited, defined," verbal adj. from horizein "to limit, define," from horos "boundary, limit, border."
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