ἀληθής

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PIE root
*leh₂-

From ἀ- ‎(a-, not) +‎ λήθω ‎(lḗthō, hide, forget), variant of λανθάνω ‎(lanthánō, to do secretly), +‎ -ής ‎(-ḗs, adjective suffix): literally, "unconcealed" or "not forgotten".

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ἀληθής ‎(alēthḗsm, f ‎(neuter ἀληθές); third declension

  1. (of things) true, real, genuine
  2. (of people) truthful, honest
  3. (neuter accusative plural, ἀληθῆ, in answer to a question) that's right
    • 366 BCE – 348 BCE, Plato, Theaetetus 143.a
      Εὐκλείδης   ... ὥστε μοι σχεδόν τι πᾶς ὁ λόγος γέγραπται.
      Τερψίων   ἀληθῆ· ἤκουσά σου καὶ πρότερον ... .
      Eucleides: So I have pretty much the whole conversation written down.
      Terpsion: That's right. I've heard you [say so] before.

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