sophrosyne

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek σωφροσύνη (sōphrosúnē, soundness of mind, prudence, temperance) from σώφρων (sṓphrōn, sane, moderate, prudent) (from σῶς (sôs, safe, sound, whole) + φρήν (phrḗn, mind)) +‎ -σύνη (-súnē)

Noun[edit]

sophrosyne (uncountable)

  1. an ancient Greek concept of an ideal of excellence of character and soundness of mind, which when combined in one well-balanced individual leads to other qualities, such as temperance, moderation, prudence, and self-control.