οὐ

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly οὐκί, from *ojukid, from Proto-Indo-European *(ne) h₂oyu kʷid, "not ever, not on your life". Compare Sanskrit उद् (ud), Gothic 𐌿𐌳 (ud), Old Armenian ոչ (očʿ).

Pronunciation[edit]

Particle[edit]

οὐ (ou)

  1. particle indicating negation: not, no

Usage notes[edit]

Οὐ (Ou) is the indicative negation (i.e. of facts, statements), where μή (mḗ) is the subjunctive negation (i.e. of will, thought). It usually immediately precedes the word (most often a verb) which it negates. Double negatives are frequent in Ancient Greek.

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