ληστής

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek λῃστής (lēistḗs) / ληϊστής (lēïstḗs), from λεία (leía, booty, plunder).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /liˈstis/
  • Hyphenation: λη‧στής

Noun[edit]

ληστής (listísm (plural ληστές)

  1. robber, thief, burglar (one who steals another person's property by force)
    Αδίστακτοι ληστές εδειραν και λήστεψαν 90χρονη.
    Adístaktoi listés edeiran kai lístepsan 90chroni.
    Ruthless thieves beat and robbed a 90 year old.
    Η αστυνομία καταζητεί τον ένοπλο ληστή.
    I astynomía kataziteí ton énoplo listí.
    Ongoing police search for the armed robber.
    Τίτλος θεατρικού έργου: Οι Ληστές του γερμανού ποιητή Φρίντριχ Σίλλερ
    Títlos theatrikoú érgou: Oi Listés tou germanoú poiití Fríntrich Síller
    Theatrical play title: The Robbers (Die Räuber) by the german poet Friedrich Schiller
  2. (figuratively) profiteering [1]
    Synonym: αισχροκερδής (aischrokerdís)
  3. (historical) highwayman, bandit
    Tα βουνά ήταν κρησφύγετα των ληστών.
    Ta vouná ítan krisfýgeta ton listón.
    The mountains were hiding places of the robbers.

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Rare form [2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ ληστής in Λεξικό της κοινής νεοελληνικής [Dictionary of Standard Modern Greek], 1998, by the "Triantafyllidis" Foundation.
  2. ^ Rare feminine noun, at Babiniotis, Georgios (2002) Λεξικό της νέας ελληνικής γλώσσας [Modern Greek Dictionary] (in Greek), 2nd edition, Athens: Lexicology Centre
    Note: Also found as mediaeval adjective at λῃστής in Trapp, Erich, et al. (1994–2007) Lexikon zur byzantinischen Gräzität besonders des 9.-12. Jahrhunderts [the Lexicon of Byzantine Hellenism, Particularly the 9th–12th Centuries], Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften