արուեստ

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Old Armenian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Of Iranian origin. Compare Inscriptional Parthian 𐭀𐭓𐭅𐭎𐭕(ʾrwst, virtue), 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 արուեստ‎ ― azatakan aruest ― liberal arts
    մեքենական արուեստ‎ ― mekʿenakan aruest ― mechanical arts
    գեղեցիկ արուեստ‎ ― gełecʿik aruest ― fine arts
  2. skilfully crafted handiwork
  3. sign, miracle
  4. monster
  5. artifice, expedient, means, invention, ingenuity

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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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