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aorist

[ey-uh-rist] /ˈeɪ ə rɪst/
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
1575-1585
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/
noun
1.
(grammar) 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 Compare perfect (sense 8), imperfect (sense 4)
Derived Forms
aoristic, adjective
aoristically, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Greek aoristos not limited, from a-1 + horistos restricted, from horizein to define
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Word Origin and History for aorist
n.

1580s, the simple past tense of Greek verbs, from Greek aoristos (khronos) "indefinite (tense)," from privative prefix a- "not" (see a- (3)) + horistos "limited, defined," verbal adjective from horizein "to limit, define," from horos "boundary, limit, border" (see horizon).

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