σκέπτομαι

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Hellenic *sképťomai, from Proto-Indo-European *skep-ye-, from a metathesis of *speḱ-.

Cognate to Latin speciō (I see).

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σκέπτομαι (sképtomai)

  1. I look at, examine
    • 428 BCE, Euripides, Hippolytus 943:
      σκέψασθε δ’ ἐς τόνδ’
      sképsasthe d’ es tónd’
      Look at this man
    • 800 BCE – 600 BCE, Homer, Odyssey 12.247:
      σκεψάμενος δ’ ἐς νῆα θοὴν ἅμα καὶ μεθ’ ἑταίρους
      skepsámenos d’ es nêa thoḕn háma kaì meth’ hetaírous
      Looking at once at both ship and men
  2. I examine, consider, think
    • 497 BCE – 405 BCE, Sophocles, Ajax 1028:
      σκέψασθε, πρὸς θεῶν, τὴν τύχην δυοῖν βροτοῖν.
      sképsasthe, pròs theôn, tḕn túkhēn duoîn brotoîn.
      Consider, by the gods, the fortune of these two men.
    • 460 BCE – 395 BCE, Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War 6.38:
      καὶ δῆτα, ὃ πολλάκις ἐσκεψάμην, τί καὶ βούλεσθε, ὦ νεώτεροι;
      kaì dêta, hò pollákis eskepsámēn, tí kaì boúlesthe, ô neṓteroi?
      And after all, as I have often asked, what would you have, young men?
    1. (rarely) I think, deem
      • 428 BCE – 347 BCE, Plato, Laws 854c:
        καλλίω θάνατον σκεψάμενος
        kallíō thánaton skepsámenos
        deeming death the more noble way
    2. I prepare, premeditate
      • 384 BCE – 322 BCE, Demosthenes, Against Timocrates 158:
        καὶ τοιούτους λόγους σχολὴν ἄγοντ’ ἐσκέφθαι περὶ πάντων ὥστ’ εὖ εἰδέναι
        kaì toioútous lógous skholḕn ágont’ esképhthai perì pántōn hṓst’ eû eidénai
        and he has thought out at leisure such fine arguments on every point
      • 349 BCE, Demosthenes, First Olynthiac 1:
        οὐ γὰρ μόνον εἴ τι χρήσιμον ἐσκεμμένος ἥκει τις,
        ou gàr mónon eí ti khrḗsimon eskemménos hḗkei tis,
        For not only if someone comes forward with a well-considered plan,

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The present and imperfect are suppleted from σκοπέω (skopéō) in Attic.

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Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek σκέπτομαι.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈsce.pto.me/
  • Hyphenation: σκέ‧πτο‧μαι

Verb[edit]

σκέπτομαι (sképtomai) deponent (past σκέφθηκα/σκέφτηκα) (σκέφτηκα as from σκέφτομαι (skéftomai))

  1. (formal) Alternative form of σκέφτομαι (skéftomai)

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Mainly found in compounds

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