περί

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See also: περι-, περί-, and πέρι

Ancient Greek[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *peri. Cognates include Sanskrit परि (pári), Latin per, Lithuanian per, English for, and Albanian për.

The genitive is from the PIE ablative of cause. The dative is from the locative. The accusative is like παρά (pará).

Pronunciation[edit]

 

Preposition[edit]

περῐ́ (perí) (governs the genitive, dative, and accusative)

  1. (+ genitive)
    1. about, concerning, because of
  2. (+ dative)
    1. around, for, about
  3. (+ accusative)
    1. around (both in the circular sense and close proximity sense), near, about

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Greek: περί (perí)
  • Dutch: peri-
  • English: peri-
  • Finnish: peri-
  • French: péri-
  • Italian: peri-
  • Spanish: peri-

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Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek περί (perí).

Pronunciation[edit]

Preposition[edit]

περί (perí)

  1. (mathematics) about, approximately
    περί τις πεντακόσιες δραχμές
    perí tis pentakósies drachmés
    about five hundred drachmas
  2. about, concerning
    Δεν ήξερα περί τίνος πρόκειται.
    Den íxera perí tínos prókeitai.
    I didn't know what it was about.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In the second sense, the noun following this preposition always uses the genitive case.

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