արուեստ

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Old Armenian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Of Iranian origin. Compare Old Persian [script needed] (aruvasta-, activity, physical prowess). The ending was perhaps contaminated with the suffix -ստ (-st).

Noun[edit]

արուեստ (aruest

  1. art; trade, handicraft
    ազատական արուեստazatakan aruest ― liberal arts
    մեքենական արուեստmekʿenakan aruest ― mechanical arts
    գեղեցիկ արուեստgełecʿik aruest ― fine arts
  2. skilfully crafted handiwork
  3. sign, miracle
  4. monster
  5. artifice, expedient, means, invention, ingenuity

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Usage notes[edit]

There was no distinction between արուեստ (aruest) and արհեստ (arhest) in Old Armenian; the latter was merely the post-classical spelling of the former. In modern literary Armenian արհեստ (arhest) is used for “handicraft, trade” while արվեստ (arvest) is reserved only for “mental creation, art”.

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References[edit]

  • արուեստ in Mathias Bedrossian (1879), New Dictionary Armenian–English, Venice: S. Lazarus Armenian Academy
  • Հյ. -ստ մասնիկը in Hračʿeay Ačaṙean (1971–79), Hayerēn armatakan baṙaran [Dictionary of Armenian Root Words], in 4 vols (second edition), Yerevan: Yerevan State University, volume 4, Armeniaca appendix